Crassula swaziensis Schönland
subsp. brachycarpa R. Fern.

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Status: Native
Succulent perennial herb, up to 20 cm tall, growing from a succulent or woody rootstock, often forming distinctive patches. Leaves sessile, usually in dense rosettes at the ends of branches, fleshy and often reddish. Flowers in dense terminal heards, 5-merous, white or cream, sometimes flushed with pink. Fruit less than 2 mm long (in this subspecies).
Notes: This subspecies is distinguished from subsp. swaziensis by the smaller flowers and the shorter fruit follicles.
Derivation of specific name: swaziensis: of Swaziland, where the type of the nominal subsp. was collected.
brachycarpa: with short fruit.
Habitat: Among and on rocks.
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Worldwide distribution: Only known from Zimbabwe and southern Malawi.
Malawi distribution: S
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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 17.

Fernandes, R. (1983). Crassulaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(1) Pages 35 - 38.

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.

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Flora of Zimbabwe: Crassula swaziensis subsp. brachycarpa

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Crassula swaziensis
African Plant Database: Crassula swaziensis
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Crassula swaziensis
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Crassula swaziensis subsp. brachycarpa., retrieved 16 July 2024

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