Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Perennial herbs and soft-wooded shrubs; branches often very tough. Leaves alternate, usually obovate or spathulate, sessile, succulent, borne in terminal rosettes. Inflorescence a thyrse, usually with many monochasial branches; peduncle more or less scape-like, usually with widely spaced, leaf-like bracts. Sepals 6–12, fleshy, connate; petals 6–12, spreading, scarcely connate, yellow, white or pink; stamens usually twice as many as petals and adnate to their bases, in 2 whorls, often of unequal length, shorter than petals; carpels as many as petals, free, each with many ovules, each often with a basal scale-like nectary gland, style not differentiated, stigma ill-defined. Fruit a follicle; seeds many, very small, with longitudinal ridges, usually tuberculate.

About 40 species, mainly from the Canary Islands and adjacent north-west Africa; 2 species naturalised in Australia.

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, 2019-03-12
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder [Saxifraganae]
order Saxifragales
family Crassulaceae
Higher taxa
genus Aeonium
Subordinate taxa