Crassula muscosa var. muscosa

Clubmoss Crassula

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Perennials with one to several woody stems to c. 50 cm, more or less branched. Leaves ovate to lanceolate, 2.5–3.2 mm long, 1.7–2.4 mm wide, obtuse or acute, dorsiventrally compressed, imbricate, hardly succulent. Inflorescence an elongate thyrse with sessile cymules in axils of leaf-like bracts, terminal or subterminal to all the major branches. Flowers 5-merous; calyx-lobes lanceolate, 0.5–0.6 mm long, acute; corolla yellowish-green, lobes lanceolate, 1.18–1.25 mm long, bluntly acute; nectary scales cuneate, 0.15–0.2 mm long, 0.12–0.2 mm wide; carpels almost conical, with 2 ovules. Follicles smooth, releasing seeds through apical pore; seeds not seen.  Flowers virtually any time of year depending upon rain.

*VVP. Native to southern Africa. Naturalized at several sites near Bacchus Marsh, and Studley Park (Kew, suburb of Melbourne). Most populations originate from nearby gardens or from dumped garden refuse.

The synonym, C. lycopodioides, refers to the superficial resemblance to clubmosses of this species.

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, 2016-11-17
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder [Saxifraganae]
order Saxifragales
family Crassulaceae
genus Crassula
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Crassula muscosa var. muscosa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Crassula muscosa var. muscosa in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised

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