The Echeveria Laui, is a plant native to Mexico.
It is confined to some mountain slopes facing the shaded areas.
They are, therefore, echeverias , a species of succulent plant (or crasa) belonging to the family of the crassulaceae .
It is a species in danger of extinction, being the main risk factors, wind erosion.
The effect is also considerable, with Echeveria Laui being over grazed and the indiscriminate extraction of specimens for sale.
It is therefore necessary to establish action strategies to promote the conservation of Echeveria Laui in its natural habitat.
This can only be achieved by raising awareness among the population.
The Echeverias live in almost all the Mexican territory.
From areas close to the coasts, to the great snowy mountains.
Description of Echeveria Laui.
It is a glabrous plant, completely smooth and markedly pruinose.
The Epicuticular wax is the cause of the greenish-gray coloration of the leaves.
This substance protects the leaves from burns that can suffer if exposed directly to sunlight.
The stem forms the shape of a dense rosette up to 30 cm in diameter.
The leaves are obovate, rounded with obtuse edges, fat and rounded.
Its measurements are 5 to 8 cm long, 3 to 4.5 cm wide and 6 to 8 mm thick.
They are covered by a protective Epicuticular wax that gives it a blue-grayish appearance, almost generally white.
They can live together in colonies or alone.
Its succulent leaves can present different types of pigmentation, reddish, purple, pink.
Inflorescence, 1 or 2 floral stems of 6 cm 20 cm in length, with 5 to 7 elliptical leaves of 11 cm to 20 mm in length.
It gives inflorescences with 9 to 17 flowers.
The Echeveria Laui, has a very slow growth and especially likes the species with blue-gray-white and peachy powdered leaves.
Its rose-colored flowers can take several years to grow to about 15 cm.
The flowers are with pyramidal corolla from 13 cm to 16 mm long and 7 mm to 8 mm in diameter at the base.
How to care for Echeveria Laui.
Like the rest of succulent or succulent plants, they do not need special care and require little attention.
It has a good resistance to heat and dryness.
This beautiful species, the Echeveria Laui, has specialized in such a way that we only find it in rocky walls facing north.
The majority of its population is made up of compact adult rosettes.
What would be the impact of its disappearance and the environmental consequences?
We could think that the extinction of a single species, could be insignificant, imperceptible or perhaps, considered of little importance.
Thus, by removing a piece of the puzzle, it will be incomplete.
Surely it will be easier to get one more piece to disappear than to recover the one that has been lost.
The Echeveria Laui, is part of a fragile arid ecosystem with special characteristics that have made it specialize over thousands of years.
Its population is subject to the inclemency of the environment and if that were not enough, the human being exerts an extra effect that could contribute to its disappearance.
The Echeveria Laui, something more than a pretty plant?
With its own physical characteristics, its abundant white wax, its compact growth and its perfectly defined rosette.
For all this, they have placed it as one of the most beautiful crassulaceae in the world.
Evolutively they are a constant adaptation to the hostile environment and not to disappear, had to specialize in saving water.
In addition, the Echeveria Laui, like all plant species, has a function in the ecosystem, contributing to its equilibrium.
They provide food for various insects and birds such as bees, wasps and hummingbirds.
They retain the soil where they live and that is home to other insects such as ants, spiders and lizards, etc., providing oxygen to the environment.
Its leaves are true deposits of water and its dry leaves form a mattress that cushions the oppressive heat of the area.
How to water the Echeveria Laui.
Irrigation should be spaced every 10 to 15 days, since it is a succulent plant and does not require much irrigation.
You should only water in summer, when the substrate is and in winter you should not water.
It is recommended to water the Echeveria Laui underneath, so that the water or dew does not touch the leaves.
Cultivated in a warm and slightly humid place, with enough exposure to light, without receiving direct sunlight.
Minimum temperature that supports, 5 ° C.
How should be the substrate and fertilizer for Echeveria Laui.
The type of substrate must be well drained and with moderate organic matter. As with all succulents, the substrate must be very draining.
It is very undemanding in terms of nutrients.
The fertilizer or the extra contribution of energy does not hurt in the vegetative months.
It must be applied , every 3 or 4 months with a fertilizer .
How to reproduce the Echeveria Laui.
It reproduces easily through seeds , although its reproduction by leaves is also possible.
Normally we will reproduce it by means of leaf cuttings.
What plagues and diseases has the Echeveria Laui.
The Echeveria Laui, is susceptible to the main disease of cactus and succulents, stem rot caused by fungi, due to excessive moisture in the irrigation.
Also, it is susceptible to the attack of cottony cochineal and aphids if it is cultivated in low light and ventilation conditions.