Crassula expansa Dryand.
subsp. fragilis (Baker) Tölken
var. fragilis

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Crassula expansa subsp. fragilis var. fragilis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Pokoteke Gorge, near Masvingo

Crassula expansa subsp. fragilis var. fragilis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Pokoteke Gorge, near Masvingo

Crassula expansa subsp. fragilis var. fragilis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Pokoteke Gorge, near Masvingo

Crassula expansa subsp. fragilis var. fragilis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Pokoteke Gorge, near Masvingo

Crassula expansa subsp. fragilis var. fragilis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Pokoteke Gorge, near Masvingo

Crassula expansa subsp. fragilis var. fragilis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Pokoteke Gorge, near Masvingo

Crassula expansa subsp. fragilis var. fragilis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Pokoteke Gorge, near Masvingo

Crassula expansa subsp. fragilis var. fragilis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Pokoteke Gorge, near Masvingo

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Synonyms: Crassula browniana Burtt Davy
Crassula fragilis Baker var. fragilis
Crassula furcata Schönl.
Common names:
Frequency: Occasional
Status: Native
Description:
Delicate procumbent perennial succulent herb. Stems up to c. 25 cm long, often purple-brownish below, growing from a short, woody base. Leaves fleshy, elliptic, spathulate or obovate, 3-40 mm long, narrowing into a subpetiolar base, more or less dark green, sometimes with a purple pattern, mostly with short stiff hairs. Flowers in terminal clusters and solitary in the axils, 5-merous, white or pale pink, 2-3.5 mm long
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: expansa: expanding, spreading;
fragilis: delicate, fragile.
Habitat: In soil pockets in rock crevices or in moist shady situations on termite mounds.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape, South Africa, and Madagascar.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Images last updated: Saturday 10 March 2012
Literature:

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 49.

Fabian, A. & Germishuizen, G. (1997). Wild Flowers of Northern South Africa. Fernwood Press, Vlaeburg. Pages 154 - 155. (Includes a picture).

Fernandes, R. (1983). Crassulaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(1) Pages 14 - 15. as Crassula fragilis

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 37.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 44.

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Pages 144 - 145. (Includes a picture).


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African Plant Database: Crassula expansa
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Crassula expansa
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Crassula expansa
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Crassula expansa
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Crassula expansa
Ispot Southern Africa : Crassula expansa
JSTOR Plant Science: Crassula expansa
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Crassula expansa
Tropicos: Crassula expansa
West African Plants database: Crassula expansa


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Crassula expansa subsp. fragilis var. fragilis.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=125080, retrieved 26 September 2016

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