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ID request – 05072011PC1:  Please identify this common shade plant. Shrub and succulent.

Portulacaria afra
Native of South Africa. In nature can grow tall to 10-12 feet.
Family : Portulacaceae.

I know this plant as dawrf / miniature Jade plant..
NOT RELATED BOTANICALLY to the “real” jade plant…
Both make nice Bonsai habits, there in lies the rub… confusion… but look closely and the differential diagnosis is not so difficult… the bark is distinctly different and internodes etc etc… And if you the flowers once will never forget them…
Crassula ovata puts on a spectacular show of masses of white flowers on green peduncles and the Portulacaria afra gets sparse small pink flowers on pink peduncles .




This is a succulent usually planted as a hanging basket, I have never seen this in flowers, please suggest the species for this Crassula ..

Can this be Portulacaria afra?

Thanks …, you seem to be right..

And this is not a case for Crassulaceae, thanks for correcting..

…yes portulaca afra

Mistakes happen because of the jade plant like leaves, succulent branches and stem (until a cork like bark develops) and names like baby jade plant… but its a Family: Portulacaceae
makes a great bonsai plant too…

its sap is therapeutic stuff for the irrigating sap of Euphorbia trigona
its sap prevents the inflammation and intense pain and itch caused by sap of the trigona…
nice to keep both plants near each other and handy, esp. if you are fond of the trigona…

Thank You very much for correction …, and for interesting information, I once became victim of the irritation by Euphorbia which persisted for 7-8 hours, I felt helpless…. 

So if you /// your lab had this portulaca afra near by its sap would have come in handy…

god has created problems and given us antidotes too..

it never ceases to amaze me when I find such pairing in botany



Crassulaceae, Combretaceae and Myrtaceae Fortnight: Succulent for identification 26 : 4 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (1)
Kindly help with identification of this Cultivated Succulent. 

Portulacaria afra.

Yes, I got this identified last month..



SK1246 01 JUL 2018 : 12 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (3)

Location:  Kalimpong, WB, India
Date: 15 May 2018
Altitude: 4100 ft.
Habit : Cultivated
Jade Sp. ?? 
Brought from Singapore.

Leaves are very close to Portulacaria afra, a small-leaved succulent plant.

This could be the variegated variety?

this is variegated jade. a crassula. Not the portulaca
the lightness is extreme variegation in the albinsation of the leaflets.
Its not uncommon in succulents to go haywire in the lack of color
google it and you will see many many extreme variegation in all kinds of succulents.
TO DIFFERENTIATE between true variegation and grafting 
one needs full side view of the houseplant

Any connection ??? 

Thank you … for the ID validation.

can plants be brought in thru customs from singopore. i thought special prior permission is needed usually colleges or tradesmen //nursery can do it. if a nursery brought it in., 

can i buy one plant from them?

In small quantities in Hand Baggage but need Quaranteen clearance in huge quantities.