This is a magnificent large grower that we imported from Guatemala back in 1992 is, apparently, a natural hybrid of xerographica and aff. capitata. Although this is the same suspected cross as ‘Rio Hondo’ it is certainly very different. The ‘Rio Hondo’ has the look of the aff. capitata parent, with broad, curling, blushing scape bracts and a capitate head. In keeping with the recommended naming of natural hybrids after their collection locality (when known) we are calling this one ‘El Rancho’.
Our ‘El Rancho’ has the general appearance of the xerographica parent, with wide, deeply channeled, stiff, curling leaves and a tall scape with long and slender scape bracts. The inflorescence has many branches, narrow and mostly upright in a tight cluster and has a slight pinkish blush. The blue flowers are exceptionally long and exerted. This plant is also part of the collection at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, with an accession number of SEL1992-0266.
Please note: C.I.T.E.S. – NO EXPORT on this plant.