Crassula colorata (Nees) Ostenf.

Dense Crassula

Dansk Bot. Ark. 2 8: 46 (1918) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Annuals with usually erect stems to 15 cm, little-branched (mainly from the second to fifth nodes) or unbranched. Leaves lanceolate, 2–6 mm long, 0.8–4.4 mm wide, obtuse, rarely acute, flat above, distinctly convex below. Inflorescence 1–several spike-like thyrses, with usually sessile cymules in axils of leafy bracts. Flowers 5-merous; calyx-lobes triangular, 1.2–2.2 mm long, acuminate to obtuse; corolla cream to red, lobes lanceolate, ovate, 1–2.1 mm long, acuminate, rarely acute; nectary scales linear, 0.5–0.7 mm long, 0.15–0.2 mm wide, rounded; carpels almost cylindric, with 2 ovules. Follicles erect, smooth to tuberculate, releasing seeds by basal circumscissal split; seeds 0.3–0.5 mm long, usually faintly longitudinally ridged. 

CVU, EGU, GipP, Gold, GGr, HSF, LoM, MuF, MuM, MSB, NIS, RobP, VRiv, VVP, Wim.

2 varieties, only distinguishable on the basis of mature (or almost mature) fruit.

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, 2018-10-12
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Crassula colorata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Crassula colorata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Scroll Belt present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native

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