Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae

Crassulaceae - Crassula family

Fernandes, R. (1983) Crassulaceae FZ 7(1)

Description of the family

Annual, biennial or perennial herbs, subshrubs or shrubs, succulent. Stipules 0. Leaves opposite, whorled or alternate, usually simple, sometimes compound. Inflorescence consisting of axillary or terminal cymes grouped in corymbs or panicles, less often a raceme or spike or composed of solitary flowers. Flowers usually bisexual, actinomorphic, (3-)4-5(-6)-merous. Sepals free or ± united at the base. Petals as many as sepals. Stamens as many or twice as many as petals. Ovary superior; carpels free or united up to the middle. Fruit a follicle. Seeds usually minute. Nectariferous scales usually present, small, one at base of each carpel.

Worldwide: 33 genera and 1100 species, ± cosmopolitan, especially common in S Africa, few in Australia and W Pacific.

Zimbabwe: 4 genera and 41 taxa.

Kalanchoe lanceolata

More sample images from the Crassulaceae (Click on each image to see a larger version and details of the record)

Bryophyllum tubiflorum

Bryophyllum tubiflorum

Kalanchoe velutina subsp. chimanimaniensis

Kalanchoe velutina subsp. chimanimaniensis

Crassula expansa subsp. fragilis var. fragilis

Crassula expansa subsp. fragilis var. fragilis

Crassula swaziensis subsp. swaziensis var. swaziensis

Crassula swaziensis subsp. swaziensis var. swaziensis

Kalanchoe beharensis

Kalanchoe beharensis

Links to genera:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this family

GenusContent
Bryophyllum Salisb.Description, Image
Cotyledon L.Description, Image
Crassula L.Description, Image
Kalanchoe Adans.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Crassulaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Crassulaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Crassulaceae
Flora of Zambia: Crassulaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Crassulaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Zimbabwe: Family page: Crassulaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=64, retrieved 21 August 2014

Site software last modified: 17 June 2014 5:18pm (GMT +2)
Terms of use