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

        This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Malawi to W. Mozambique.

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    A mat forming perennial herb or suffrutex with prostrate, woody, leafless, glabrous, branched main stem which emits erect or ascending branches.
    Branches
    Branches inserted 0·7-3 cm. apart, up to 11 cm. long and 0·5 cm. in diam., subquadrangular or cylindric, often 2-forked or sometimes simple, with brown-scarious ± fissured bark, leafless or, when simple, leafy upwards, glabrescent, with the scars of the fallen leaves ring-shaped and pale, rather visible but not prominent; branchlets of the year usually the only leafy, 1·5-6 cm. long, herbaceous, grey or green-yellowish, hispidulous, the hairs short, whitish; internodes 0·2-1·5 cm., all ± shorter than the leaves, the apical of the leafy branchlets the shortest ones.
    Leaves
    Leaves 1·3-4·5 cm. long and 2-10 mm. broad, linear, 3-gonous or semiterete (convex beneath and canaliculate above in the living state), obtuse at the apex, entire, slightly attenuate towards the base, sessile and very shortly connate, not ciliate at the obtuse margins, ± covered with whitish, short, appressed or subspreading, subretrorse hairs, fleshy in living state, rigid on drying, erect or erect-spreading, somewhat arched; leaves of the old branches falling off together with the connate base.
    Flowers
    Flowers 5-merous, disposed in dense cymes, forming 4-7 branched corymb-like, terminal inflorescences, 2·3 cm. long and 3·5-5 cm. in diam.; peduncule 7·5-9 cm. long, slender, hispidulous, with 2-3 pairs of opposite bracts; pedicels up to 1·5 mm. long.
    Calyx
    Calyx 2·5 mm. long, densely hispidulous by whitish hairs; sepals c. 2 x 1 mm., oblong-triangular, convex, fleshy.
    Corolla
    Corolla 3·25-4·5 mm. long, stellate, white in living state, dark-brown on drying and forming a strong contrast in colour with the whitish calyx; petals 1·5-2·25 mm. broad, obovate, rounded at the top and with a subapical small mucro on the outside, smooth or nearly so, reflexed.
    Stamens
    Filaments ± 2·75 mm. long.
    Fruits
    Follicles 2·5-3·5 mm. long, rather attenuate, with distinct, divergent styles and apical stigmas.
    Scales
    Scales 0·4 mm., subrectangular.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Malawi, Mozambique

    Crassula zombensis Baker f. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Leach, L.C. [11483], Mozambique K000285847
    Brummitt, R.K. [12377], Malawi K000285844
    Salubeni, A.J. [812], Malawi K000285845
    Jan 1, 1978 Whyte, A. [s.n.], Malawi Crassula swaziensis var. zombensis K000310459 Unknown type material

    First published in Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1897: 266 (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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