Crassula tetragona subsp. robusta (Toelken) Toelken

Miniature Pine Tree

J. S. Afr. Bot. 41: 122 (1975) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Shrubs 25–80 cm high, moderately branched, branches 3–9 mm diam. at base. Leaves linear-triangular, 10–35(–50) mm long, 3–6(–8) mm wide, pointed or acute, curved upwards, almost terete to somewhat flattened at the base. Inflorescence bracteate, a rounded thyrse. Flowers 5-merous; calyx-lobes triangular, 0.5–0.7 mm long, acute to rounded; corolla cream, lobes lanceolate, 1.8–2.5 mm long, with dorsal ridge, recurved; nectary scales transversely oblong, 0.2–0.4 mm long, 0.5–0.6 mm wide; carpels, ovoid-conical, with 8–10 ovules.  Flowers spring.

*CVU, *GipP, *Gold, *HSF, *NIS, *OtP, *VVP. Also naturalised WA, SA, NSW, Tas. Native to eastern southern Africa.

Recorded as naturalized at Warracknabeal, near Benalla, Winchelsea, Bacchus Marsh and at Studley Park, probably having escaped from nearby gardens or dumped garden refuse.

Commonly cultivated. Plants readily establish from detached leaves and stem-segments.

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, 2019-10-02
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Crassula tetragona subsp. robusta in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Crassula tetragona subsp. robusta in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present introduced
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Northern Inland Slopes present introduced
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales