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Description: A perennial species of this rare genus, which we found growing at well over 3,600m in the clouds, on the slopes of Volcán El Ruiz in central Colombia in January 2015. Where it formed wide colonies to 1.5m across in the sub-páramo area near Termales Del Ruiz, a highly volcanic area. With strong upright stems to 1.5m tall, that are hairy when young that morph into glabrous reddish-purple with maturity. Bearing broad divided glossy leaves on petioles that clasped the stems, topped by broad fleshy umbels 20cm across, of white flowers backed by bright green bracts, all ageing to bright green, soon followed by the characteristic (of this genus) upright elongated seed. Best grown hard in an essentially cool site in good light in a drained gritty impoverished soil with some moisture retention.
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