Echeveria tobarensis Berger, 1930:476



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Urbinia lurida Rose, 1911:301 (basionym)


Conservation Status

Last record: 1908

Rediscovered in December 2010


This species was known only from four plants collected by Edward Palmer (1829-1911) in 1908. Many botanists had tried to relocate this species but were unsuccessful until Julia Etter and Martin Kristen found it again in December 2010. It goes to show just how many species are probably still out there to be discovered, since if Palmer had not found those four plants nobody would have even known the species existed, and hence would not have tried to find it (again).



near Tova (=Toba), Durango, Mexico


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Berger, A. E.1930. E. tobarensis. In: Engler, A. & Prantl, K. (Eds.): Die natürlichen Pflanzenfamilien, Ed. 2, Vol. 18a: 476.


Other references:

Etter, Julia and Kristen, Martin. (2011). The rediscovery of the elusive Echeveria tobarensis. Cact. Succ. J. (US) 83(6): 275-283. [Abstract]

Kimnach, Myron. (1980). A revision of Echeveria colorata Walther. Cactus & Succulent Journal of America 52(2): [pagination?].

Rose, J. N. (1911). Urbinia lurida Rose, sp. nov. Contributions from the U. S. National Herbarium, 13: 301.


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