1. Family: Crassulaceae J.St.-Hil.
    1. Genus: Crassula L.
      1. Crassula nyikensis Baker

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

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    A low, much branched undershrub.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    Corolla
    Corolla c. 3·5 mm. long, white; petals 1·5-1·75 mm. broad, obovate-elliptic, obtuse, not or indistinctly mucronate, smooth.
    Stamens
    Filaments c. 1·5 mm.; anthers c. 0·4 mm., subcircular.
    Fruits
    Follicles 2·25-2·5 mm. long (with the styles).
    Scales
    Scales c. 0·5 x 0·5 mm., subrectangular-cuneate, rounded-truncate at the apex.

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    Distribution

    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.

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
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    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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