Crassula capitella Thunb.
subsp. nodulosa (Schönland) Toelken

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Crassula capitella subsp. nodulosa

Photo: Bart Wursten
c. 100 m from Rio Mevumodzi on South side, Chimanimani mountains

Crassula capitella subsp. nodulosa

Photo: Bart Wursten
c. 100 m from Rio Mevumodzi on South side, Chimanimani mountains

Crassula capitella subsp. nodulosa

Photo: Bart Wursten
c. 100 m from Rio Mevumodzi on South side, Chimanimani mountains

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Synonyms: Crassula avasimontana Dinter
Crassula capitella Thunb. subsp. enanthiophylla (Baker f.) Toelken
Crassula elata N.E. Br.
Crassula enanthiophylla Baker f.
Crassula guchabensis Merxm.
Crassula nodulosa Schönland
Crassula nodulosa Schönland var. longisepala R. Fern.
Crassula pectinata Conrath
Common names:
Status: Native
Biennial or perennial succulent, up to 60 cm high, growing from a tuberous root and with a basal rosette of leaves up to 10 cm in diameter, most prominent when young. Plants are usually unbranched but may rarely form branches below the mid stem. Leaves along the stem smaller and more pointed than basal leaves, gradually decreasing and becoming bract-like towards the top. Stems and leaf margins ciliate with white or greyish papillae. Flowers in many-flowered clusters in the leaf axils. Corolla 5-lobed, 2.25-4 mm long, white or reddish.
Notes: Young plants form a distinctive, dense basal rosette of broad succulent leaves before the stems appear.
When known as Crassula nodulosa several varieties and even forms were described but latest thinking has combined them all under C. capitella subsp. nodulosa.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In rocky areas in grassland and woodland.
Altitude range: Up to 2200 m
Flowering time:Oct - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa. Possibly also in East Africa.
Mozambique distribution: MS
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Content last updated: Tuesday 2 August 2016

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 16.

Fernandes, R. (1983). Crassulaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(1) Pages 29 - 31. under forma nodulosa and forma rhodesica

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 179. As Crassula nodulosa var. nodulosa

Mapaura, A. (2002). Endemic Plant Species of Zimbabwe. Kirkia 18(1) Page 136. as C. nodulosa var. nodulosa forma rhodesica

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 37. As Crassula nodulosa var. longisepala

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 52. as Crassula nodulosa var. nodulosa

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 91. As Crassula nodulosa

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Flora of Botswana: Crassula capitella subsp. nodulosa
Flora of Zimbabwe: Crassula capitella subsp. nodulosa

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Crassula capitella
African Plant Database: Crassula capitella
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Crassula capitella
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Crassula capitella subsp. nodulosa., retrieved 9 December 2023

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