ISI 2011-22. Crassula expansa Aiton ssp. expansa

Found over an extensive range, C. expansa, in one form or another, occurs throughout southern Africa to tropical east Africa and Madagascar. In Rowley's Crassula, a Grower's Guide there is a lovely habitat photo by Derek Tribble with an understated caption that it is "widespread but so far neglected by collectors". Tribble's photo shows a red-blushed form likely to capture a photographer's eye. Green forms may not get much attention, but the one offered here has proven to be durable and provides some cover in dry shade inland or in brighter light along the coast. It may even serve as a no-mow groundcover or lawn-substitute in low-traffic areas. The plant offered here came to us via that inveterate botanical collector John Lavranos as Crassula sp. but later keyed out to C. expansa. Divisions of HBG 78005, J. Lavranos 29451, collected Dec 1, 1994, in the Augrabies hills E of Port Nolloth, N. Cape, S. Africa. $5.


Crassula expansa Aiton ssp. expansa

Photo © 2011 by John N. Trager. Images may not be used elsewhere without permission.

Published in the Cactus and Succulent Journal, Vol. 82 (2), March - April, 2011

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