N.B. This plant had been wrongly identified as "Valencia" in Sydney, and on this web site.
Valencia is a cv. of penduliflora X ramosa by Nally,J. See notes below.
Leaves 80cm long.
'Purple Gem'---is more pliant, less spiny leaves. Inflorescence is more arching, even semi-pendant (from the weilbachii parent, probably the salmon-leaved var. leodiensis), with less branching, purple ovaries, lavender petals. Reasonably hardy. It was circulating around Australia under parentage only in the 1990s so by 2000 I thought it high time to register a cultivar name which the hybridist Nat Deleon failed to do.
'Valencia'-- is spinier and more leathery-leaved and in some climates/light the foliage turns a bronzy orange shade. Inflorescence is more upright, heavier branching (parent name Ae.ramosa means "branched"), ovaries cream or yellow, petals cream. More cold-sensitive (parent Ae. penduliflora is from lowland Amazonia, originally named because of the pendant inflorescence, but later-discovered clones had upright spikes).
Nally's Ae.''Valencia' has been around since 1962, registered in 1971, whereas Deleon's weilbachii x lueddemanniana is circa 1980. Here in Perth Ae. 'Purple Gem' under parentage arrived before 'Valencia', the latter is less common in collections here and harder to grow well.