Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Saxifragales

Crassulaceae - Crassula family

Fernandes, R. (1983) Crassulaceae Flora Zambesiaca 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 South Africa, few in Australia and the western Pacific.

Zimbabwe: 7 cultivated genera and 20 cultivated taxa.

No image of a cultivated species but there is an image of a native or naturalised species

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

Aeonium Webb & Berthel.Description
Bryophyllum Salisb.Description
Cotyledon L.Description, Image
Crassula L.Description, Image
Echeveria DC.Description
Kalanchoe Adans.Description, Image
Sedum L.Description

Other sources of information about Crassulaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Crassulaceae
Flora of Caprivi: Crassulaceae
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Crassulaceae
Flora of Malawi: Crassulaceae
Flora of Malawi: cultivated Crassulaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Crassulaceae
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Crassulaceae
Flora of Zambia: Crassulaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Crassulaceae

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Crassulaceae
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Crassulaceae
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Crassulaceae
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Crassulaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Crassulaceae
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Crassulaceae
JSTOR Plant Science: Crassulaceae
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Crassulaceae
Wikipedia: Crassulaceae
Plants of the World Online: Crassulaceae
Tropicos: Crassulaceae

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: Family page: Crassulaceae.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/family.php?family_id=64, retrieved 18 May 2024

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