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This species is accepted, and its native range is SE. Kenya to Malawi.

[FTEA]

Crassulaceae, G.E. Wickens. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1987

Morphology General Habit
Perennial rosette-forming herb or subshrub; stems prostrate, branched; branches short, erect, lower parts bearing remains of former leaves, upper portion bearing a rosette of leaves.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves oblong to oblong-ovate, up to 3.5 cm. long and 2 cm. wide, apex obtuse to subobtuse, slightly attenuate or contracted at the base, margins entire, ciliate, otherwise glabrous or densely pubescent overall (or papillose-hairy only beneath but not in East Africa).
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a terminal, repeatedly dichotomous, usually rather dense, subhemispherical, corymbose cyme, rarely open and conspicuously branched; branches glabrous to densely papillose-pubescent; pedicels up to 2.5 mm. long. Flowering stem erect, up to 13 cm. long, with retrorsely appressed papillose hairs, and sometimes glabrescent above, or with dense spreading papillose hairs; bracts (1–)2(–3) pairs along the length of the stem, including one pair immediately below the inflorescence; bracts linear-oblong to triangular-oblong, up to 6 mm. long, 4 mm. wide, obtuse to subacute, margins ciliate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers 5-merous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx-lobes lanceolate to triangular, (2–)2.5–3 mm. long, 0.5–0.9 mm. wide, acute to subacute, united at the base for ± 0.5 mm., margins entire, ciliate, strongly or obscurely keeled, keel glabrous to densely papillose-ciliate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals white, oblong-ovate to broadly elliptic-obovate, 4–5 mm. long, 1.5–1.8 mm. wide, obtuse to subobtuse, shortly mucronate below the apex, slightly keeled.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamen-filaments 1.5–2.3 mm. long; anthers oblong, 0.5–1 mm. long, yellow.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Nectaries
Nectary scales subrectangular to trapeziform, 0.4–0.8 mm. long, 0.2–0.7 mm. wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Carpels
Carpels oblong, up to 4 mm. long, gradually contracted into the style, minutely pubescent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 8–16(–20) per carpel, oblong, ± 0.6 mm. long, 0.3 mm. wide, minutely longitudinally striate-rugulose.

[FZ]

Crassulaceae, R. Fernandes. Flora Zambesiaca 7:1. 1983

Morphology General Habit
A dwarf undershrub up to 13(20) cm. high, forming small compact mats, with a much branched woody rootstock.
Morphology Branches
Branches short, up to 5 mm. in diam., leafless, blackish and with lower parts covered by the persistent, dry sheaths of the old leaves, reddish and leafy along the terminal 1·5-6·5(15) cm.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves up to 2·2 x 1·2 cm., oblong to oblong- or subcircular-obovate, usually obtuse at the apex, entire and ciliate at the margin (cilia rigid, white), slightly attenuate or contracted at the broad base, flat, ± succulent and green tinged red when fresh, turning somewhat rigid, thin and reddish-brown to nearly black on drying, usually glabrous on both sides, sessile, usually 4-ranked and ± condensed (rosettes up to 4·5 cm. in diameter, sometimes nearly spherical) or somewhat scattered and decussate along the stem but always longer than the internodes, erect or ± spreading.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers 5-merous in terminal, dichotomous, corymbose or sometimes dense and globular inflorescences, 1-5 cm. in diameter; peduncle 1-8 cm. long, erect, slender, retrorsely appressed papillose-hairy, with two pairs of opposite, connate at base, oblong, obtuse or subacute ciliate bracts, one pair between the base and the middle of the peduncle, the other below the inflorescence; pedicels up to 2·5 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx (2)2·5-3 mm. long, half as long as corolla or more; sepals (1)1·5-1·75 mm. broad, triangular or lanceolate, attenuate towards the acute apex, keeled, ciliate at the margin and along the keel (cilia ± rigid, acute, spreading, white, ± scattered).
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla 4-5 mm. long, white; petals oblong-obovate to broadly ovate-elliptical, obtuse to nearly acute, shortly mucronate below the apex, fleshy, smooth, erect or slightly spreading or reflexed at the top.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Filaments 1·5-2·25 mm. long; anthers 0·5-0·75 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Follicles (with styles) 2·5-3 mm. long.
Morphology General Scales
Scales 0·4-0·6 x 0·3-0·4 mm., subrectangular, truncate or emarginate at the top, purple,

Native to:

Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania

Crassula globularioides Britten appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Philcox [8962], Zimbabwe 54479.000
Meller, C.J. [s.n.], Malawi K000310465 holotype
Meller, C.J. [s.n.], Malawi K000310467 holotype
Timberlake, J. [5258], Mozambique K000613987
Timberlake, J. [5470], Mozambique K000614450
Mphamba, S. [15], Mozambique K000613708

First published in D.Oliver & auct. suc. (eds.), Fl. Trop. Afr. 2: 389 (1871)

Accepted by

  • Harris, T., Darbyshire, I. & Polhill, R. (2011). New species and range extensions from Mt Namuli, Mt Mabu and Mt Chiperone in northern Mozambique Kew Bulletin 66: 241-251. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.
  • Wickens, G.E. (1987). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Crassulaceae: 1-66.
  • Launert, E. (ed.) (1983). Flora Zambesiaca 7(1): 1-394. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Harris, T., Darbyshire, I. & Polhill, R. (2011). New species and range extensions from Mt Namuli, Mt Mabu and Mt Chiperone in northern Mozambique Kew Bulletin 66: 241-251. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • R. Fernandes in Flora Zambesiaca 7: 33 (1983).
  • Tölken in Contrib. Bolus Herb. 8: 458 (1977).
  • Jacobsen, Lex. Succ. Pl.: 160 (1974).
  • Brenan in Mem. N.Y. Bot. Gard. 8: 434 (1954).
  • Engl., Die Vegetation Der Erde, IX, Pflanzenwelt Afrikas 3(1): 281 (1915).
  • Engl., Die Pflanzenwelt Ost-Afrikas und der Nachbargebiete, Theile A: 132 (1895)
  • Bak. f. in Trans. Linn. Soc, ser. 2, 4: 13 (1894).
  • Britten in Flora of Tropical Africa 2: 389 (1871).

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