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Range: Southern-central border of Brazil, possibly Paraguay and Bolivia


This variety (possibly recognizable as a subspecies due to its geographic and physical separations) is found to the south and west of the nominate variety, from Sao Paulo and southern Minas Gerais to central Goias, Mato Grosso, and Rondonia, with possible reports from neighboring countries along the border with Brazil. Its habitat is similar, seasonally moist sandy depressions and seeps. Plants may grow slightly larger, up to 6-7 cm across, with flat rosettes of leaves bearing distinctly parallel and pilose petioles and obovate lamina. Coloration is typically bright red to even maroon-purple throughout. Inflorescences rise erect out of the center of the rosette, bright green to orange with large, stiff white hairs covering the surface, and bear several small 1 cm flowers with bright pink ovular-rounded petals. This variety is easily distinguished from the other in particular by the rosette and scape-indumentum color, as well as the more slender leaf shape.


Cultivation: grow in a 3:1 sand/peat mix, kept very moist and moderately humid with temperatures of 70-85°F in summer, cooler at night. In winter, plants may enter dormancy and die back to roots; allow them to dry at this time and maintain them at slightly cooler temperatures around 60-75°F. Sow seeds on soil surface, and grow in strong artificial light to full sun.


Lifespan and reproduction: perennial. Reproduces through seed, but can be grown through leaf and root cuttings.




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