Crassula sieberiana (Schult. & Schult.f.) Druce

Sieber Crassula

Bot. Exch. Club Soc. Brit. Isles 1916: 618 (1917) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Annuals or perennials with erect to decumbent branches to 20 cm long, more or less branched but mainly from the basal nodes. Leaves linear-lanceolate, 2.2–11 mm long, 0.8–3.6 mm wide, acute to obtuse, more or less flat above, often strongly convex below. Inflorescence 1–several spike-like thyrses with sessile cymules in axils of leaf-like bracts, often becoming pedicellate when fruiting. Flowers 4- or 5-merous; calyx-lobes linear-lanceolate, 1.5–3.3 mm long, acute and often pointed, usually erect in fruit; corolla cream tinged red, lobes lanceolate, 1–2 mm long, acuminate and often folded lengthwise; nectary scales linear-cuneate to almost T-shaped, 0.4–0.6 mm long, 0.1–0.3 mm wide, usually truncate; carpels conical, with 2 ovules. Follicles smooth to finely papillose, releasing seeds through apical pore or detaching basally from receptacle; seeds 0.4–0.6 mm long, almost smooth or with tubercles along longitudinal ridges. Flowers Sep.–Jun., depending on the rainy season.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MuF, MuM, MSB, NIS, OtP, RobP, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also SA, Qld, NSW, LHI, ACT, Tas. Grows on a wide range of substrates, but common on rock ledges and in crevices, and on seasonally inundated ground.

This species has recently been revised, with two new species described (see notes under Crassula tetramera and Crassula colligata). Both these taxa have previously been recognised as Crassula sieberiana subsp. tetramera Toelken.

Source: Toelken, H.R.; Jeanes, J.A.; Stajsic, V. (1996). Crassulaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-09-05
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder [Saxifraganae]
order Saxifragales
family Crassulaceae
genus Crassula
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Crassula sieberiana in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Crassula sieberiana in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Scroll Belt present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Victorian Alps present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory