Plants of the Castlemaine District
Dryland small stonecrops - mostly natives (Crassula species)
Sieber Crassula (Crassula sieberiana)
Spreading Crassula (Crassula decumbens)
Dense Crassula (Crassula colorata)
Three-part Crassula (*Crassula alata)
Stalked Crassula (Crassula peduncularis)
Family: Crassulaceae (Stonecrop family).
Natives of Australia, except the Three-part Crassula, which is native to the Mediterranean region.
Occurrence: The native crassulas are widespread and common in bushland, woodland and grassland. They may
be abundant on roadside verges and gravelled areas. The introduced Three-part Crassula is uncommon,
growing mainly in built-up areas.
- they are small (usually 5 cm or less) succulents, with fleshy leaves and stems
- they are a green or red colour
- the flowers are not showy, and are small and with 3, 4 or 5 succulent petals
- the leaves are small (a few mm long) and more or less cylindrical.
Name. Crassula: thick, referring to the fleshy leaves and branches.
Flower parts in 4s or 5s
) An erect plant with short side-branches. Flower parts usually in 4s (and sometimes in 5s). Very common.
) An erect plant. It has "pimples" over much of the plant. The flower parts are in 5s. Uncommon.
) A branched spreading plant, usually more or less prostrate. The flowers are shortly stalked. Very common.
) A branched spreading plant. Similar to Spreading Crassula, but the flowers are long stalked, and usually held above the leaves. Moderately common.
Flower parts in 3s
) A diminutive spreading plant with flower parts in threes. It resembles Spreading Crassula, but is smaller. Introduced.
Photo: Sieber Crassula.
Swamp Crassula (Crassula helmsii) a wetland crassula