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Origin and Habitat: Crassula brevifolia subs. psammophila is known from fewer than five locations in the northern Namaqualand coastal belt, between Grootmis and the Orange River, Northern Cape, South Africa.
Habitat and ecology: Desert, Succulent Karoo. This species occurs on sandy slopes and rocky soils close to the coast. This subspecies is and is potentially threatened by mining. The population trend is stable
Crassula brevifolia subs. psammophila Toelken
J. S. African Bot. 41(2): 98. 1975
Accepted name in llifle Database:
Crassula brevifolia Harv.
Fl. Cap. (Harvey) 2: 339
- Crassula brevifolia Harv.
- Crassula Crassula Dinter
- Crassula flavovirens Pillans
- Crassula montis-draconis Dinter
- Crassula pearsonii Schönland
- Crassula fragillima Dinter
Description: Crassula brevifolia subs. psammophila is a smaller and compact form less than 20 cm tall, the intemodes are not visible, the leaves are brownish-red without bloom, flowers are pink with glabrous carpels.
Subspecies, varieties, forms and cultivars of plants belonging to the Crassula brevifolia group
- Crassula brevifolia Harv.: intemodes visible. Leaves 20-35 mm long, curved upwards, green with a grey bloom, changing to yellow, red or purple. Distribution: Namibia through Northern and Western Cape (South Africa).
- Crassula brevifolia subs. psammophila Toelken: smaller (up to 200 min high) the intemodes not visible. Lhe leaves are brownish-red without bloom. Distribution: Grootinis and the Orange River.
Bibliography: Major references and further lectures
1) Raimondo, D., Matlamela, P.F. & Kamundi, D.A. 2007. Crassula brevifolia Harv. subsp. psammophila Toelken. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2015.1. Accessed on 2015/12/25
2) Doreen Court “Succulent Flora of Southern Africa” CRC Press, 01 June 2000
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