Crassula closiana (Gay) Reiche

Stalked Crassula

Fl. Chile 2: 369 (1897) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Annuals with erect, usually wiry branches rarely to 10 cm, little branched and rarely branched from the lowest 2 nodes, smooth. Leaves oblanceolate, rarely elliptic, 2.4–10 mm long, 0.8–3.5 mm wide, obtuse or rounded, rarely acute, flat or slightly convex above and somewhat convex below. Inflorescence 1 (rarely several) thyrses, each usually with 2 or 3 dichasia with lateral flowers of terminal cymes sessile or almost so when fruiting. Flowers 5(rarely 4)-merous; calyx-lobes triangular, 1.5–2.5 mm long, pointed, covered with papillae towards the apex; corolla white, more or less tinged red, lobes ovate, 1.2–2 mm long, acute, spreading; nectary scales usually T-shaped, 0.3–0.4 mm long, 0.6–0.7 mm wide, truncate to slightly rounded; carpels elongate-reniform, with 18–22 ovules. Follicles erect, smooth, releasing seeds through apical pore; fruiting pedicels rarely longer than 18 mm long; seeds 0.25–0.32 mm long, with longitudinal ridges with well-separated papillae. Flowers Aug.–Oct.

CVU, DunT, EGL, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HSF, LoM, MuM, NIS, OtP, OtR, RobP, VRiv, VVP, Wim. Also WA, SA, Tas. South America. Grows usually in poor clay to sandy soils often in association with C. decumbens.

Australian plants differ from South American ones examined in having papillose rather than regularly serrulate upper leaf margins, similarly papillose calyx-lobes, and usually 4- or 5-merous flowers. Although it has a similar distribution and often grows together with the superficially similar C. decumbens it is readily distinguished by its umbellate terminal cymes as well as its short and almost globose seeds with widely spaced papillae on longitudinal ridges.

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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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 closiana in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Crassula closiana in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales