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This species is accepted, and its native range is N. Malawi.


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

Morphology General Habit
A low, much branched undershrub.
Morphology Branches
Old branches woody, covered by the persistent, dense, dried leaves of previous years; young branches up to 5 cm. long, ending in leaf-rosettes up to 2 cm. in diam., either barren or surrounding a flowering axis.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves of the rosettes up to 1·2 x 1 cm., densely imbricate, broadly obovate to subcircular, rounded at the apex, entire and ciliate at the margin (cilia contiguous, white), sessile and rather connate at the base, flattish, concave, fleshy and green when fresh, slightly rigid to submembranous and brownish, dark reddish-brown or nearly black on drying; older leaves spreading to finally subdeflexed, nearly black, the young ones erect.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Flowering stems up to 10 cm. long, erect, shortly and subpatently papillose-hairy, leafy from the base to the inflorescence, the leaves ± dense, decussate, the undermost similar to those of rosettes and longer than the internodes, the others successively smaller and relatively narrower, longer than or subequalling the internodes, appressed or subreflexed, papillose on the outside towards the base.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers 5-merous, in dense, terminal corymbs, 1·5-3 cm. in diameter; inflorescence-branches papillose-pilose; pedicels up to 4 mm. long, sparsely papillose to glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx 2·25-2·6 mm.; sepals 1·5-2 mm. long, triangular-lanceolate, attenuate towards the acute apex, carinate, equalling or longer than the half of the corolla, glabrous, shortly and irregularly ciliate at the margin and sometimes along the median line, rarely without cilia.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla c. 3·5 mm. long, white; petals 1·5-1·75 mm. broad, obovate-elliptic, obtuse, not or indistinctly mucronate, smooth.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Filaments c. 1·5 mm.; anthers c. 0·4 mm., subcircular.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Follicles 2·25-2·5 mm. long (with the styles).
Morphology General Scales
Scales c. 0·5 x 0·5 mm., subrectangular-cuneate, rounded-truncate at the apex.

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Crassula nyikensis Baker appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jul 1, 1896 Whyte [s.n.], Malawi K000310463 holotype

First published in Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1897: 265 (1897)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.
  • Launert, E. (ed.) (1983). Flora Zambesiaca 7(1): 1-394. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

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