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Annual to shrub [(± tree-like or climbing)], fleshy. Leaf: generally simple, alternate or opposite, in dense to open, basal (or terminal) rosettes or basal and cauline, not in rosettes, reduced distally or not, margin often ± red. Inflorescence: generally cyme, generally bracted. Flower: generally bisexual; sepals generally 3–5, generally ± free; petals generally 3–5, ± free or fused; stamens >> to = sepals, epipetalous or not; pistils generally 3–5, simple, fused at base or not, ovary 1-chambered, placenta 1, parietal, ovules 1–many, style 1. Fruit: follicles, generally 3–5. Seed: 1–many, small.
± 33 genera, ± 1400 species: ± worldwide, especially dry temperate; many cultivated for ornamental. [Eggli (ed.) 2003 Illus Handbook Succulent Plants 6 (Crassulaceae). Springer] Water-stressed plants often ± brown or ± red. Consistent terminology regarding leaves, bracts difficult; in taxa with rosettes (e.g., Aeonium, Dudleya, some Sedum), structures in rosettes are leaves, those on peduncles are bracts, and those subtending flowers are flower bracts; in taxa where inflorescence is terminal, rosette leaves may "become" bracts as stem rapidly elongates to form inflorescence. Seed numbers given per follicle. —Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.
Key to Crassulaceae
Annual, perennial herb, shrub, glabrous (hairy). Stem: erect to decumbent, branched or not. Leaf: opposite, 0.1–7 cm, linear to deltate or obovate, bases fused, ± sheathing; margins generally entire. Inflorescence: terminal panicle or flowers 1 in axils of leaves, either 2 per node, axillary, or 1 per node, terminal but appearing axillary by overtopping of main axis. Flower: erect, sepals 3–5, ± fused at base; petals 3–5, spreading or recurved, free or ± fused at base; stamens = sepals in number; pistils 3–5. Fruit: spreading to erect. Seed: 0.2–0.6 mm, elliptic to elliptic-oblong (spheric, reniform), generally with longitudinal lines, sometimes ± smooth or papillate, red-brown.Key to Crassula
± 250 species: especially Africa, annual ± worldwide. (Latin: diminutive of thick) Crassula argentea Thunb., a synonym of Crassula ovata (Mill.) Druce, a waif.
Unabridged references: [Moran 1992 Cactus and Succulent Journal 64:223–231]
Annual, terrestrial. Stem: erect, to 16 cm, branched or not, not rooting at nodes, red-brown in age. Leaf: 4–5 mm, ovate to oblong; tip acute, with short awn or point. Inflorescence: flowers 2 per node; pedicel ± 1.5 mm. Flower: parts in 5s; sepals ± 1.5 mm, lanceolate, mucronate; petals < sepals, ± 1.2 mm, lanceolate. Fruit: erect or ± recurved, lance-oblong. Seed: (1)2, elliptic, shiny, ± smooth.
Open, gravelly alluvial bench; 150–200 m. South Coast (San Gabriel River near Irwindale); native to southern Australia. Jan–May [Online Interchange]
Unabridged note: This taxon is growing in an area of relatively well preserved alluvial fan scrub along the San Gabriel River. Although the geographic extent is relatively limited by surrounding urbanization, the plants are thoroughly naturalized in the area of natural vegetation where it is found, which is largely or entirely protected from further development, is not far from extensive areas of wildlands in the San Gabriel Mountains to the north, and is well connected via the San Gabriel River channel to the Puente Hills to the south. These plants can spread in both urban and wildland situations and is not a waif, but rather a permanent part of our flora now.
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Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2013. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on May 25 2015
Citation for this treatment: [Author of taxon treatment] 2013. Crassula, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=82016, accessed on May 25 2015
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