Crassula ovata (Mill.) Druce

Bot. Soc. Exch. Club Brit. Isles 4: 617 (1917) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Sparingly established

Perennial shrub to 1.5 m high, much branched, branches to 20 mm diam. Leaves elliptic to oblanceolate, 20–30(–40) mm long, 10–18(–22) mm wide, acute or obtuse with a distinct mucro, dorsoventrally compressed, gradually tapering towards base, green, often with a red margin; petiole 0–4 mm long. Inflorescence a rounded thyrse. Flowers 5-merious; calyx-lobes broadly triangular, 1–2 mm long, acute; corolla white tinged pink, lobes elliptic-lanceolate, (5–)7–10 mm long, pointed and somewhat hooded, with a faint dorsal ridge, widely spreading; nectary scales transversely oblong, 0.2–0.5 mm long, 1–1.5 mm wide; carpels oblong-reniform, with more than 8 ovules.   Flowers Jun.–Aug.

*GipP. Native to southern Africa, widely cultivated. Known from two collections, at Sandringham where growing on sandy coastal cliff, and from an embankment above Moonee Ponds Creek at Brunswick West.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2015-11-10
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2016-11-17
Distribution map
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 ovata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Crassula ovata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present introduced

State distribution

Distribution map
South Australia
New South Wales