Crassula spathulata Thunb.

Prodr. Pl. Cap. 57 (1794) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Prostrate or scrambling perennials with stems up to 80 cm long, sparsely branched, branches decumbent to suberect, to 3 mm diam. Leaves ovate, rarely elliptic, 20–25(–35) mm long, 15–20(–25) mm wide, acute or obtuse, dorsoventrally compressed, base broadly cuneate, truncate or cordate, margin serrate or crenate, green or yellowish green, often with a reddish margin; petiole 3–7(–18) mm long. Inflorescence a loose thyrse. Flowers 5-merious; calyx-lobes linear-triangular, 1–2 mm long, ± acute; corolla white, often tinged red, lobes linear-lanceolate, 3–5 mm long, pointed, hooded and slightly ridged, widely spreading; nectary scales transversely oblong, 0.2–0.4 mm long, 0.5–0.6 mm wide; carpels oblong-reniform, with c. 5 ovules. Flowers Mar.­–Aug.

*CVU, *OtP, *OtR, *VVP. Also SA, NSW. Native to South Africa. Sometimes grown in gardens as a ground cover. Occasionally naturalised in disturbed near coastal sites west of Melbourne but also at Beaumaris, and also inland at Coimadai East, and Warrandyte. Plants apparently spreading from near-by gardens or established from dumped garden refuse.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2015-11-16
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2016-05-16
Distribution map
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 spathulata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Crassula spathulata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present introduced
Otway Plain present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present introduced
Otway Ranges present introduced

State distribution

Distribution map
South Australia
New South Wales