Crassula ovata (Mill.) Druce

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Crassula ovata

Photo: Mark Hyde
Outside 29, Harry Pichanick Drive, Alexandra Park, Harare

Crassula ovata

Photo: Mark Hyde
Outside 29, Harry Pichanick Drive, Alexandra Park, Harare

Crassula ovata

Photo: Mark Hyde
Outside 29, Harry Pichanick Drive, Alexandra Park, Harare

Crassula ovata

Photo: Mark Hyde
Outside 29, Harry Pichanick Drive, Alexandra Park, Harare

Crassula ovata

Photo: Mark Hyde
Outside 29, Harry Pichanick Drive, Alexandra Park, Harare

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Synonyms: Cotyledon ovata Mill.
Crassula argentea Thunb.
Crassula portulacea Lam.
Common names: Jade plant (English) Kerky-bush (English) Pink joy (English)
Description: Much-branched completely glabrous shrub to 3 m tall or more. Stem succulent, greyish. Leaves up to 5 × 3 cm, sessile, obovate to obovate-spathulate, shiny when fresh; margin sharply angled, reddish, entire. Flowers 5-merous, arranged in terminal corymbose inflorescences. Petals 6-7.5 mm long, oblong or lanceolate, acute, white or a faint pink. Follicles 3-3.25 mm long, obliquely oblong-ovoid.
Notes: Resembles Portulacaria afra when in leaf.
Derivation of specific name: ovata: ovate or egg-shaped, referring to the leaves
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Worldwide distribution: Native to Mozambique and South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal and the Cape); frequently cultivated.
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Literature:

Fernandes, R. (1983). Crassulaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(1) Pages 19 - 20.

Glen, H.F. (2002). Cultivated Plants of Southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg, South Africa. Page 156.

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Flora of Mozambique: Crassula ovata

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Crassula ovata
African Plant Database: Crassula ovata
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Crassula ovata
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Crassula ovata
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Crassula ovata
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Crassula ovata
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Crassula ovata
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Crassula ovata
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Crassula ovata
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Crassula ovata
Ispot Southern Africa: Crassula ovata
JSTOR Plant Science: Crassula ovata
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Crassula ovata
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Crassula ovata
The Plant List (version 1.1): Crassula ovata
Tropicos: Crassula ovata


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Crassula ovata.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/species.php?species_id=174460, retrieved 21 November 2017

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