Crassulaceae  J. St.-Hil., 1805

pronounced: krass-yoo-LAY-see-eye

the stonecrop family

mother of thousandsThe name is derived from the Latin crassulus, the diminutive of crassus, thick – rather thick: the members of the family have succulent leaves. They are generally herbaceous, but there are some subshrubs and a few tree-like or aquatic plants. They are found all over the world, but mostly in the northern hemisphere and southern Africa, typically in dry and/or cold areas where water is scarce. The roots are sometimes thickened; the leaves may be alternate or opposite, and sometimes whorled; they are thick and fleshy, and have no stipules. The flowers are mostly perfect, in red, yellow or white flower clusters, and the fruit is a follicle. These are ancient plants, thought to have evolved many millions of years ago.



Bryophyllum delagoense - Mother of Millions

Bryophyllum pinnatum - Mother of Thousands

Bryophyllum tubiflorum (syn.) - Mother of Millions

Crassula ovata - Jade Plant

Graptopetalum paraguayense - Mother-of-Pearl Plant

Graptopetalum sp. - Ghost Plant

Kalanchoe blossfeldiana - Flaming Katy

Kalanchoe delagoense (syn.) - Mother of Millions

Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi - Lavender Scallops

Kalanchoe luciae - Flapjack

Kalanchoe pinnata (syn.) - Mother of Thousands

Kalanchoe sp. - Kalanchoe

Photograph © Donald Simpson 2013

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