Crassula multicava subsp. multicava

Fairy Crassula

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Perennials with decumbent to suberect branches to 40 cm high, often much-branched. Leaves broadly elliptic to orbicular, 12–35 mm long, 10–25 mm wide, rounded, dorsiventrally compressed, usually abruptly constricted at base, glaucous, red-spotted, margins recurved; petioles 0–13 mm long. Inflorescence bracteate, a loose thyrse. Flowers predominantly 4-merous; calyx-lobes lanceolate, narrowly triangular, 0.8–1.3 mm long, acute; corolla white tinged pink, lobes linear-lanceolate, 4.4–5.6 mm long, pointed; nectary scales transversely oblong, 0.2–0.3 mm long, 0.4–0.6 mm wide, truncate; carpels oblong-reniform, with 12–16 ovules. Seeds usually not formed, but flowers sometimes giving rise to vegetatively produced plantlets.  Flowers mainly spring.

*CVU, *DunT, *GipP, *HSF, *OtP, *Strz, *VVP, *WaP. Native to east coast of southern Africa. Recorded as naturalized near Bacchus Marsh, Winchelsea, Werribee, Geelong and Ocean Grove, presumably originating from nearby gardens or dumped garden refuse.

Commonly cultivated, and tolerant of deep shade.

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.
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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 multicava subsp. multicava in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Crassula multicava subsp. multicava in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Warrnambool Plain present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present introduced
Dundas Tablelands present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Strzelecki Ranges present naturalised

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South Australia
New South Wales