Racinaea pendulispica Click thumbnails for full size, scaled to a new window.
Frank Hoepfel, Germany. Photo Peter Tristram 09/12.
Photo Peter Tristram 07/13.
Peter Tristram 03/07/13 ... "Regarding Rac. (T.) pendulispica, there might still be plants masquerading as this around Australia, propagated from plants with this name that were imported from Kent’s in the early ‘80s. Jeffrey’s plants are pretty close to Rac. pugiformis though and some other id’s were given over the years, like Rac. tenuispica, by the experts. So, when I visited Jeffrey last year, I was keen to talk old stuff, and he was keen to show me new! The plants pictured are, likely, forms of Rac. pendulispica that Jeff collected in Peru. Thankfully they are pretty easy to grow too. They were grown from seed and seem to vary somewhat in their inflorescence shape, however the foliage is identical on each. I noticed this variability in Vista, California too where they were blooming in mid-summer (110F+ outside!) with far more orange-coloured spikes. I will do a better photoshoot when flowers open (and try for seed). Jeff did a neat hybrid of this with dyeriana (Rac. !) that I’d love to get some of one day."