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This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Tropical & S. Africa.

[FZ]

Crassulaceae, R. Fernandes. Flora Zambesiaca 7:1. 1983

Morphology General Habit
A stout biennial succulent, 0·5-2·5 m. tall, completely glabrous but covered with a white mealy layer falling off with the age.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Single flowering stem arising from the dense rosette of leaves formed in previous year, curved at base, then erect and straight, terete or sub-4-angled, up to 2 cm. in diam. at base, finally leafless below and marked there by the very close scars of fallen leaves, leafy upwards.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves decussate, sessile, semiamplexicaul, shortly connate and each decurrent in two raised lines down the stem, rounded or obtuse at the apex, entire, the oldest ones red at the margin, fleshy, flat; basal ones 6-18(23·5) x 5·5-15 cm., subcircular or obovate to oblong-spathulate, contracted into a very short and broad subpetiolar base (up to 3 cm. broad), very dense, spreading; median leaves 3-5-9 x 3-3-5 cm., oblong to spathulate or suborbicular,:±: scattered, the uppermost ones smaller; lower internodes short (the shortest ones c. 2 mm. long), the median ones increasing to 16·5 cm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers erect, usually in many-flowered, dense, shortly pedunculate, upright, scorpioid, opposite, axillary cymes, forming a narrow to somewhat broad, continuous or interrupted thyrsoid inflorescence up to 32·5(43) x 6·5(14) cm. or rarely a panicle; internodes of the inflorescence 2-8, longer than the cymes in the interrupted inflorescences, shorter to subequalling them in the continuous ones; leaves of the flowering axis bract-like, oblong, shorter than the cymes; pedicels up to 10 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx-tube 0·75-1·5 mm. long; sepals 3-6·5 x 2·25-4 mm., oblong to lanceolate, obtuse to acute.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla 10-15(16) mm. long; tube 6-10 mm. long and ± 8 mm. in diameter at the middle, distinctly 4-angled, very contracted just below the limb, pale green, mealy; corolla-lobes 4·5-7 x 2·5-3 mm., oblong or ovate-triangular, obtuse to nearly acute, at first suberect, finally reflexed, pale yellow, pale pink, whitish or greenish, turning brownish-red when dry.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Filaments 4 or 5 mm. long (at fruiting time), inserted ± at the j of corolla-tube; anthers c. 1·5 x 1·5 mm., with divergent thecae, reddish, exserted.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Follicles 7-11-5 mm. long; styles 2·75-3·5 mm. long, exserted.
Morphology General Scales
Scales 1-2 x 2-2·5 mm., usually broader than long, subquadrate-cuneate, entire, emarginate or 3-lobed.

Native to:

KwaZulu-Natal, Mozambique, Northern Provinces, Swaziland, Zimbabwe

Kalanchoe luciae Raym.-Hamet appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Gerstner, J. [26434], Swaziland K000232851

First published in Bull. Herb. Boissier, sér. 2, 8: 256 (1908)

Accepted by

  • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Launert, E. (ed.) (1983). Flora Zambesiaca 7(1): 1-394. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Smith, G.F., Figueiredo, E. & van Wyk, A.E. (2019). Kalanchoe [Crassulaceae] in southern Africa: 1-328. Academic Press, Elsevier.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Launert, E. (ed.) (1983). Flora Zambesiaca 7(1): 1-394. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Flora Zambesiaca
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Kew Backbone Distributions
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
© Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0