giganteum, or perhaps E. x schaffneri which also occurs frequently
in Venezuela (Hauke, 1963
), taken during February 2002 in the Sierra Nevada de Mérida,
above Mérida, Edo. Mérida, Venezuela. The habitat
was rather open secondary shrubland; altitude 1595 m. The stems
reached a maximum diameter of 2.0 cm and height of 3.56 m. Photos
by Wim° de Winter.