Scientific Name:
Echeveria secunda Booth
Vernacular Name(s):
Hen and chickens echeveria

Glabrous, perennial herb, either acaulous or with a very short thick stem. Rosettes of lvs (2)–3–7–(13) cm across, with lvs ascending to same level. Lvs to 6.5 × c. 2.3 cm, 2–3 mm thick, ± broadly obovate-spathulate, strongly glaucous, slightly concave above and slightly keeled beneath; apex apiculate, red to pink. Flowering stems lateral, arising from between basal lvs, usually 7–18 cm high, consisting of a single racemose cyme of secund fls, curving downwards at first, becoming erect later, with glaucous bloom. Fls with ovate- lanceolate bracts nearly 1 cm long; pedicels c. 5 mm long at anthesis. Sepals free, unequal, 4–8 mm long, triangular or triangular-lanceolate, pinkish or greenish, with glaucous bloom, acute. Petals 11–13 × c. 3 mm, lightly cohering below and forming a flask-shaped corolla, free and recurved towards apex, narrowly oblong-elliptic or linear-oblong, the lower part red, the upper yellow. Stamens 5–8 mm long, pale yellow or whitish. Carpels (including styles) 5–7 mm long; styles green. Scales c. 1.5 mm wide, lunate or semi-lunate, thick. Capsules narrowly triangular-ovoid. Mature seeds not seen.

[From: Webb et al. (1988) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 4.]


Flowering: Nov.–Mar.