1. Family: Crassulaceae J.St.-Hil.
    1. Genus: Crassula L.
      1. Species: Crassula perfoliata L.
        1. Crassula perfoliata var. heterotricha (Schinz) Toelken

        This variety is accepted, and its native range is S. Tropical & S. Africa.

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    A succulent undershrub or shrub, 20·50 cm. (or more?) high.
    Stem
    Stem sprawling with apical portion erect, ± branched, 6-25 mm. in diameter, woody, blackish, leafless and marked by the scars of the fallen leaves or with dried older leaves towards the base, leafy like the branches for the uppermost 3-22 cm.
    Leaves
    Leaves (3)5-10·5(17·5) x 1-1·5(2·5) cm., the median ones the longest, oblong or triangular in outline, usually nearly parallel-sided, obtuse, rounded or rarely acute at the apex, entire at the margin, sessile and connate-amplexicaul at the base, very fleshy, flat above, convex beneath or sometimes subtrigonous, grey-green or glaucous to whitish, closely covered everywhere (except towards the base on the upper face) by an indumentum of contiguous, very short, blunt, whitish papillae, decussate or in two opposite rows, usually very dense, spreading to erect-spreading, rarely arched at the base and then upright, straight (not falcate); internodes usually many times shorter than the leaves, the upper ones completely concealed by the sheaths of the leaves.
    Flowers
    Flowers 5-merous, usually in ± dense, subspheric, corymbose inflorescences, 3·5-7 cm. in diameter; peduncle 7·5-14 cm. long and up to 3-5 mm. in diameter below, erect, papillose as the leaves towards the base and patently or retrorsely hairy upwards (the hairs dense, thin, acute, fulvous or whitish), with 3-4 pairs of bracts, 3-forked at the apex; pedicels up to 3 mm. long, hispidulous.
    Calyx
    Calyx 3-4·5 mm. long, greyish, hairy; sepals c. 1 mm. broad at the base, triangular to linear-lanceolate, acute to subobtuse, connate for c. 1 mm.
    Corolla
    Corolla 5-9(10) mm. long, white; petals 1-1·5 mm. broad, oblong or linear-oblong, subobtuse to acute and mucronulate just below the apex, smooth or minutely papillose-scabrous on both faces, connate at base for c. 1-75 mm., reflexed at the top.
    Stamens
    Filaments 4-6 mm. long; anthers 1-1·25(1·5) mm. long when unopened, shorter after dehiscence.
    Fruits
    Follicles 5·5-8·5 mm. long (with the styles), attenuate above into the styles, minutely tuberculate everywhere or only along the suture.
    Scales
    Scales ± 0·5 x 0·75 mm.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Cape Provinces, KwaZulu-Natal, Mozambique, Northern Provinces, Swaziland, Zimbabwe

    Crassula perfoliata var. heterotricha (Schinz) Toelken appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    s.coll. [s.n.], Mozambique Crassula heterotricha K001094754
    s.coll. [s.n.] Crassula heterotricha K001094755
    s.coll. [s.n.] Crassula heterotricha K001094756

    First published in J. S. African Bot. 41: 115 (1975)

    Accepted by

    • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.

    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/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0