E. pringlei var. longisepala Kimn., var. nov.

A var. pringlei caulibus elatis erectis, foliis majoribus prope glabris, sepalis longioribus differt.

Stems to 80 cm tall or more, sparsely branch­ing, 7-10 mm. thick, leaves diffuse, spaced 0.5-1 cm apart, obovate to oblanceolate, apex sharply recurving, mucronate, 3-4 cm long, 15-20 mm wide at widest part (ca. 1.5 cm from apex), 4-5 mm wide at base, 3-4 mm thick, nearly glabrous but with minute rounded papil­lae hardly detectable by touch, green, rarely slightly reddish at margin and apex, both sur­faces convex near base, flat at middle, slightly grooved or concave near apex. Flowering stem to 50 cm long, inflorescence 3-6 cm long, 5-6-flowered. pedicels 6-10 mm long, sepals widely expanding, to 18 mm long, green, corol­la 18 mm long, orange-red.

Mexico: Jalisco: Mun. Mezquitic, east of mesa of San Andrés Cohamiata, 1800 m. alt., 1987, J. Bauml & G. Voss 1932, Huntington Botanical Gardens 60269 (HNT, holotype; MICH, isotype).

This new variety differs from var. pringlei in its tall, erect stems, larger, nearly smooth leaves and longer sepals.

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