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Cotyledon tomentosa subsp. ladismithiensis

Cotyledon tomentosa subsp.ladismithiensis
Common names: bear’s paw
Family: Crassulaceae

Cotyledon tomentosa subsp. ladismithiensis is a medium-sized shrub, with succulent, hairy leaves and stems. It occurs in rock outcrops, shallow soil and...

23 / 02 / 2015 | Ntuthuko Mabuya | Karoo Desert NBG
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Cotyledon woodii

Cotyledon woodii
Common names: None recorded.
Family: Crassulaceae

Cotyledon woodii is suitable as an interesting succulent shrub for containers or rockeries, with its bold, orange, bird-pollinated flowers....

27 / 04 / 2015 | Monique Mcquillan | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Cotyledon xanthantha

Cotyledon xanthantha
Common names: Still Bay pig's ears, Still Bay cotyledon (Eng.); stilbaai-plakkie (Afr.)
Family: Crassulaceae

Cotyledon xanthantha is a recently named, scrambling, succulent shrub with tubular yellow flowers, confined to thicket vegetation of the dry river valleys...

19 / 03 / 2018 | Ernst van Jaarsveld | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Craibia zimmermannii

Craibia zimmermannii
Common names: sandforest craibia, peawood (Eng.); sandertjiehout (Afr.); umBambalwenyoka, umPhungwane (isiZulu) SA National Tree List no.: 229
Family: Fabaceae

Are you looking for an unusual smallish tree with spectacular flowers for that special place in a small, warm garden? Look no further: Craibia zimmermannii...

01 / 05 / 2006 | Hugh Glen | Kwazulu-Natal NBG
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Crassula alpestris

Crassula alpestris
Common names: None found. Suggest: sand-coated crassula
Family: Crassulaceae

A unique and intriguing dwarf succulent from the Crassula family with the curious ability to cover itself in sand....

19 / 11 / 2012 | Adam Harrower | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Crassula arborescens

Crassula arborescens
Common names: tree crassula (Eng.); beestebal (Afr.); Umchobozovithi (Swazi)
Family: Crassulaceae

Unlike most crassulas which are relatively small succulent plants, Crassula arborescens is an outstanding, squat, succulent tree that is easily recognizable...

22 / 10 / 2007 | Werner Voigt | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Crassula atropurpurea

Crassula atropupurea
Common names: purple crassula (Eng.); persplakkie (Afr.)
Family: Crassulaceae

Crassula atropurpurea is a small, hardy, succulent plant that is ideally suited to container cultivation....

08 / 08 / 2005 | Ian Oliver | Karoo Desert NBG
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Crassula capitella

leaves mature from lime-green to bright red
Common names: red flames (Eng.); aanteelrosie (Afr.); bohobe babadisana (Sesotho)
Family: Crassulaceae

Crassula capitella is a stunning succulent that looks fantastic in rockeries and landscape gardens. It is used ornamentally to add a permanent colour in...

31 / 10 / 2016 | Fergy Thema | Pretoria NBG
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Crassula coccinea

Crassula coccinea
Common names: red crassula (Eng.), klipblom, suikerblom (Afr.)
Family: Crassulaceae

When hiking up Table Mountain in midsummer to find the red disa, Disa uniflora, in flower, one is sure to also see the brilliant red crassula, Crassula...

05 / 02 / 2001 | Alice Notten | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Crassula congesta

Crassula congesta
Common names: none found
Family: Crassulaceae

A unique and intriguing dwarf succulent with sweet-smelling flowers well-suited to pot cultivation....

11 / 03 / 2013 | Adam Harrower | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Crassula cultrata

Crassula cultrata
Common names: bush plakkie, sharp-leaved crassula (Eng.); plakkiebos (Afr.)
Family: Crassulaceae

A small, bushy succulent with attractive rounded leaves, often with reddish colouration, and yellowish flowers in midsummer; a low-maintenance plant that...

05 / 02 / 2018 | Alice Notten | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Crassula dejecta

Flower heads
Common names: doily crassula (Eng.); klipblom (Afr.)
Family: Crassulaceae

Crassula dejecta has decorative, fresh green foliage and showy white summer flowers, a good ground cover for the water-wise garden and a rewarding...

14 / 01 / 2008 | Alice Notten | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Crassula deltoidea

Crassula deltoidea Tanqua Karoo form
Common names: None found
Family: Crassulaceae

A unique and intriguing dwarf, grey-leaved succulent well-suited to pot cultivation....

09 / 07 / 2012 | Adam Harrower | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Crassula exilis

Crassula exilis
Common names: None recorded
Family: Crassulaceae

An attractive, dwarf succulent flowering cushion, excellent for rockeries and living walls....

06 / 12 / 2010 | Adam Harrower | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Crassula fascicularis

Crassula fascicularis
Common names: fragrant crassula, sweet-scented crassula (Eng.); ruiksissie, klipblom, karnaatjieblom, keiserskroon (Afr.)
Family: Crassulaceae

An elegant little succulent shrub, with beautiful and fragrant spring flowers, ideal for pots, rockeries and fynbos gardens....

19 / 10 / 2015 | Alice Notten | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Crassula multicava

Crassula multicava
Common names: fairy crassula, pitted crassula (Eng.); feetjie crassula, skaduplakkie (Afr.); umadinsane (Zulu)
Family: Crassulaceae

Crassulas are often small, curiously formed plants that are favourites for succulent collectors. Crassula multicava is one of those plants that can be...

10 / 10 / 2005 | Werner Voigt | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Crassula obovata var. dregeana

Crassula obovata var. dregeana
Common names: hairy crassula (Eng.); harige crassula (Afr.)
Family: Crassulaceae

A succulent plant growing in crevices or in rocky grassland patches. It has small whitish flowers and fleshy leaves with peculiar hairs, giving it a soft...

29 / 01 / 2018 | Marianne le Roux | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Crassula orbicularis

Crassula orbicularis leaves
Common names: stonecrop (Eng.); klipblom (Afr.); umadinsane (isiZulu)
Family: Crassulaceae

Crassula orbicularis is an ideal plant for any shade garden. Its wonderful appearance and the ease at which it may be grown, make it a pleasure for both...

22 / 12 / 2014 | James Deacon | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Crassula ovata

A mass of pink flowers
Common names: kerky bush, jade plant, pink joy (Eng.); beestebul, kerkij, kerky, plakkies (Afr.); t'karkai (Khoi); umxhalagube (X) (= Crassula argentea, C. portula
Family: Crassulaceae

This is probably the most commonly grown crassula in South Africa and well-known as a container plant all over the world, both indoors and outdoors....

16 / 05 / 2005 | Christien Malan | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Crassula perfoliata var. minor

Crassula perfoliata var. minor in flower at Kirstenbosch NBG
Common names: sekelblaarplakkie (Afrikaans)
Family: Crassulaceae

Crassula perfoliata var. minor is an attractive summer-flowering succulent with greyish-green sickle-shaped leaves and red flowers. It is...

24 / 11 / 2008 | Ernst van Jaarsveld | Kirstenbosch NBG
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