Crassula vaginata Eckl. & Zeyh.

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Crassula vaginata

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Mt Rukotso, Nyanga

Crassula vaginata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mt Rukotso, Nyanga

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Synonyms: Crassula abyssinica sensu Britten p.p. non A. Rich.
Crassula abyssinica A. Rich. var. mannii (Hook. f.) Engl
Crassula abyssinica A. Rich. var. vaginata (Eckl. & Zeyh.) Engl.
Crassula abyssinica A. Rich. var. nyikensis Schönl.
Crassula mannii Hook. f.
Crassula retrorsa Hutch.
Crassula schweinfurthii De Wild.
Sedum vaginatum (Eckl. & Zeyh.) Kuntze
Common names:
Frequency: Locally common
Status: Native
Erect succulent perennial herb up to 80 cm, sometimes forming clumps. Leaves along the stem, succulent, linear-lanceolate, sheathing at the base. Flowers creamy-white, pinkish or rarely red, in terminal branched, flattened or hemispherical inflorescences; calyx with a blunt large papilla at the apex of the lobes, sometimes more papillae present on the margin.
Derivation of specific name: vaginata, vaginate, sheathed, possessing a sheath, referring to the leaves.
Habitat: In montane grasland, often among rocks.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 2500 m
Flowering time:Jan - May
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Eswatini, and South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E
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Images last updated: Friday 7 October 2005

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 133.

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 17. As Crassula vaginata minuta

Fernandes, R. (1983). Crassulaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(1) Pages 24 - 27. (Includes a picture).

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 38.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 73.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 91.

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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: Species information: Crassula vaginata., retrieved 15 April 2024

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