Crassula decumbens Thunb.

Spreading Crassula

Prodr. 54 (1794) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Annuals with decumbent or erect branches to 15 cm long, little- to much-branched, sometimes rooting at nodes, sparsely papillose when young. Leaves linear-lanceolate, to -oblanceolate, 2.5–9 mm long, 0.4–1.5 mm wide, acute, rarely obtuse or rounded, dorsiventrally compressed, more or less convex above and usually strongly convex below. Inflorescence 1–several elongate thyrses from the 3 lowest nodes. Flowers 4- or 5-merous; calyx-lobes triangular to oblong-lanceolate, 1.2–4 mm long, acute, rarely with few terminal papillae; corolla white to cream, lobes lanceolate, 1.4–2 mm long, acute, spreading; nectary scales broadly wedge- to T-shaped, 0.2–0.4 mm long, 0.4–0.7 mm wide, usually truncate; carpels elongate-reniform, with 4–12 ovules. Follicles smooth, slightly recurved, splitting and opening into a pore on upper third of suture; fruiting pedicel rarely to 12 mm long; seeds 0.44–0.52 mm long, with tubercles arranged along longitudinal ridges. Flowers Aug.–Nov.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MuF, MuM, NIS, OtP, RobP, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. A common and widespread species growing in a wide range of habitats, but usually on seasonally moist soil.

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.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder [Saxifraganae]
order Saxifragales
family Crassulaceae
genus Crassula
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Crassula decumbens in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Crassula decumbens 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
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool 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
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Victorian Alps present native

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New South Wales
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