Mem. Herb. Boissier 10: 38 (1900) APNI
Herb to c. 1.5 m tall; stems ± erect, cylindrical, glabrous, mottled violet-brown, sometimes suckering from the base. Leaves opposite or in whorls of 3, linear, 2.5–15 cm long, ± cylindric, grooved towards apex, reddish-green to grey-green with violet-brown spots; margins notched towards apex where plantlets develop; petiole not distinguished from lamina. Flowers pendulous, in dense corymbose cymes; calyx 8–16 mm long, connate into a tube for less than half its length; corolla 20–40 mm long, lobes obovate, c. one third the length of tube, reddish-orange, pink or scarlet. Flowers winter–spring.
*EGL. Also naturalised WA, SA, Qld, NSW. Native to South Africa and Madagascar.
Cultivated as an ornamental in Australia, naturalised throughout the east coast of Australia where it is a declared noxious weed, known in Victoria from a single population near Lakes Entrance
Plants of this species and its hybrid, Bryophyllum ×houghtonii are known to be highly invasive, reproducing vegetatively from plantlets produced on leaf margins, and forming dense stands (giving the name mother of millions). Individual plants are relatively short-lived, dying soon after flowering.
Sometimes grown in horticulture under the names Kalanchoe delagoensis Ecklon & Zeyher, Bryophyllum tubiflorum Harv., and Kalanchoe tubiflora (Harv.) Raym.-Hamet.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|East Gippsland Lowlands||present||naturalised|
|New South Wales|