Kalanchoe pinnata (Lam.) Pers. (syn: Bryophyllum calcicola (H. Perrier) V. V. Byal ; Bryophyllum calycinum Salisb.; Bryophyllum germinans Blanco; Bryophyllum pinnatum (Lam.) Oken; Cotyledon calycina (Salisb.) Roth; Cotyledon calyculata Soland. ex Sims; Cotyledon pinnata Lam.; Crassuvia floripendia Comm. ex Lam.; Crassuvia floripendula Sims; Kalanchoe brevicalyx (R.-Hamet & H. Perrier) P. Boiteau; Kalanchoe calcicola (H. Perrier) P. Boiteau; Kalanchoe floripendula Steud.; Kalanchoe pinnata var. brevicalyx R.-Hamet & H. Perrier; Kalanchoe pinnata var. calcicola H. Perrier; Sedum madagascaricum Clusius ex Fröderstr.; Vereia pinnata (Lam.) Spreng.);
Air Plant, Miracle Leaf, Goethe Plant, Katakataka, Donkey Ears, Life Plant, Leaf of Life, Resurrection Plant, Canterbury Bells, Cathedral Bells, Mexican Love Plant, Floppers • Hindi: Amar poi अमर पोई • Malayalam: Elamarunna • Tamil:  Runakkalli • Bengali: Kop pata • Urdu: Zakhmhaiyat ज़ख़्महयात • Manipuri: মনাহিদাক Manahidak;
Glabrous plant up to 1.5 m tall with pinnate leaves; leaflets 3-5, 5-15 cm long, crenate, lower leaves often simple, petioles channeled above, inflorescence large with reddish flowers; calyx inflated 25-35 mm long, papery with much shorter lobes; corolla nearly one and half times as long as calyx, with short acute lobes.

Kalanchoe pinnata Goethe Plant UD9232011 001 Practice what I preach:
Soon after I wrote about how to start young plants from leaf of one Kalanchoe… I had a chance to pick up a fallen leaf (after a heavy rain storm) from a herb garden… leaf of Kalanche pinnata… or Pathar kunchi (in Bengali) .. there were NO baby plantlets on this leaf, just a fallen leaf, looking miserable, wet, muddy..  some what grey… may have fallen a few hours before I spotted it.. brought it home and I planted it in one of my Petunia pots where there was little central plot of soil unused (ha ha), fixed with a twig of tulasi plant .. and anchored the other end with a flower stalk from a fallen flower of my Hibiscus viceroy ( I showed you its pictures earlier) …Planted on 7th September…and by 10th had small tiny sprouts, which grew to respectable size by 16th  (first photograph) and by 23rd had second set of leaves in the sprouts (grey circles in figure 2) .
Kalanchoe pinnata is a favorite plant of mine, eversince I saw its red flowers, and the tiny baby plants, sometimes they start sprouting right on the plant itself on the oldest leaves... Naturalist par excel-lance Mr. Goethe had written about this plant… calling it the MIRACLE PLANT
Even though it is not a native Indain plant, having transplanted itself from Africa/ Madagaskar to India (and much of the temperate zone of the world), the tribals and villagers have identified useful of this plant in dissolving kidney and U. Bladder stone….  and hence the name Pathar Kunchi…. = one that crushes the stone….
The earlier conversation about this process is in … thread about Donkey ear Kalanchoe… Kalanchoe gastonis-bonnieri that  … had diagnosed.  Its at this thread URL:
http://groups.google.com/indiantreepix/thread/c12… .
Stay tuned for the mature plants and flowers by the summer…of 2012…


Name Recognition…:
Plz help me by recognizing the Biological n Common Name of this plant…

Seems to be Kalanchoe pinnata (Syn. Bryophyllum pinnatum). Family:

Known as Air plant, miracle leaf.
Please wait for experts to comment.

I hope Kalanchoe pinnata airplant, cathedral-bells, curtainplant, floppers, goodluckleaf, lifeplant, Mexican loveplant, miracleleaf, motherinlaw, treeoflife

Recently I sent in a write up and some pictures of Kalanchoe pinnata

growing baby plantlets from the leaf margin…….
The naturalist scientist Goethe loved this plant.. in my mind I somehow associate this plant with his name… and on google afew months back discovered that someone in botany circles called it Goethe’s plant…
Its here at this link
Its an important ayurvedic herb…


Yes it is Kalanchoe pinnata
Syn. Bryophyllum pinnatum Syn.: B.calycinum Host plant for Red pierrot butterflies.
I have almost always spotted these butterflies in nearby area. and same is vice versa…if you observe Red pierrot search for Kalanchoe and you will find it nearby.


Bryophyllum pinnatum – Flora of Madhya Pradesh:
Photographed dis herb at Betul, MP on 14th Dec 11. Recognized it with it’s round-toothed edged leaves.
It was high above d wall in a private garden. Later when i saw pics I realized dat it was blooming ( starting). I couldnt see blooms frm below. Attaching cropped pics of blooms

Botanical name- Bryophyllum pinnatum
In Hindi we call it- Pashan bhed /Pathar-chur/ patharchatta.
It’s a medicinal plant.

Yes … Nice capture

sorry to say … but may not be b. piinatum… there is something strange about the inflorescence of this plant… look at the last picture….
the ones I have seen and grown in two different continents… have rather profuse flowers on long upright inflorescence… and not these spindly single little one this plant has in not quite the thing….
can some one please look at this… I am not a botanist… but to my eyes this is very VERY different…
no matter what the nursery guy may have labelled it as…
I suspect: several bryophyllum plants may be called patharchur, may be???

Yes, Bryophyllum pinnatum, from me. There are many varieties of this plant species


ID Help Please:
Can you please help me knowing its identity ?
Location : Kolkata, Date : Jan 2013.

Bryophyllum pinnatum (Lam.) Oken ??
Family: Crassulaceae

Bryophyllum pinnatum for me too 🙂


“For Id 120413PJ3” : Attachments (2).  3 posts by 3 authors.
Date/ Time- 15/03/2013 at around 01:10 pm.

Location- Village Guniya, (Block Ghagra), District Gumla, Jharkhand.
23. 17’47.145” N, 84.53’29.562” E
Habitat- Garden, wild.
(It is also an ornamental plant)

Kalanchoe pinnata (Crassulaceae).

Crassulaceae, Combretaceae and Myrtaceae Fortnight: Crassulaceae- Kalanchoe pinnata from Chandoli WLS-PKA-DEC03::  : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2).
Kalanchoe pinnata from Chandoli WLS, Maharashtra.
(Family: Crassulaceae).

wild or planted…?

Yes …, very good photographs.


Crassulaceae, Combretaceae and Myrtaceae … : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)
The attached image of Crassulacean member as-
Name: Kalanchoe pinnata (Roxb.) Pers.
          (= Bryophyllum pinnatum Roxburgh)
Locality: Bongaigaon, Assam
Vernacular name: Pategoja, Dupor-tenga (Assamese)
Uses: Leaf juices are taken as medicine for kidney stone, jaundice, constipation.

Yes Kalanchoe pinnata


Attached are pictures of Bryophyllum pinnatum captured at the Jijamata Udyan Flower Show in February 2013 and at MNP, Mumbai in March 2013.
Unfortunately, no leaves….
Kindly validate, if possible.


Plantlets developing on a fallen leaf of Bryophyllum pinnatum.
Place: Hamirpur H.P.

yes. wonderful. did you pull them from dirt and wash? is that what it is??

Pulled from the soil but not washed. Photo is 3-4 years old.

Nice continuation of life from life..


Crassulaceae, Combretaceae and Myrtaceae Fortnight: December 11- 24,2014 SN 13 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2).
Bryophyllum pinnatum (Lam.) Oken (= Kalanchoe pinnata (Lam.) Pers.), wild as well as cultivated succulent, used in local medicine but not in commercial scale.

Images by tspkumar


It is my pleasure to share few images of Bryophyllum pinnatum  (Crassulaceae)

Ref: http://florakarnataka.ces.iisc.ernet.in/hjcb2/herbsheet.php?id=1288&cat=1 

Habit: Herb 

Habitat: Wild, Occurring in gregarious patches among rocks 

Sighting: Narasimharajapura, Chikmagalur, Karnataka, about 1100 msl 

Date: 22-01-2015

wonderful images. you have used light to your advantage

Crassulaceae, Combretaceae and Myrtaceae Fortnight : Crassulaceae For ID : Kodaikanal : 18DEC14 : AK-24 :  7 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1).
Cultivated, garden plant seen in Kodaikanal on 24/10/08.
Kalanchoe Species?

I had a discussion in this regard, in my earlier thread

Kalanchoe species. Could be K.laxiflora

Kalanchoe species in eFloraofindia (with details/ keys from published papers/ regional floras/ FRLHT/ FOI/ Biotik/ efloras/ books etc., where ever available)

May be Kalanchoe pinnata as per images herein.

id plz : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)
plant id plz. shot today in sambalpur in odisha

Bryophyllum pinnatum


Kalanchoe pinnata (Lam.) Pers.:
I feel FOI link looks different.

Yes. To me looks close to images and details at Kalanchoe gastonis-bonnieri Raym.-Hamet & H. Perrier

Looks different from images at Kalanchoe pinnata (Lam.) Pers.

Thank you …, for pointing this out. …, I think you are right. It is Kalanchoe gastonis-bonnieri.





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