Crassula muscosa L., Pl. Rar. Afr. 10 1760. (syn: Combesia muscosa (L.) P.V.Heath; Combesia muscosa var. acuminata (G.D.Rowley) P.V.Heath ……..; Crassula anguina Harv.; Crassula imbricata Burm.f.; Crassula imbricata Aiton; Crassula littoralis (Eckl. & Zeyh.) Endl.; Crassula lycioides E.Mey. ex Harv.; Crassula lycopodioides Lam.; Crassula lycopodioides f. acuminata H.Jacobsen ………; Crassula muscosa var. muscosa ; Crassula pseudolycopodioides Dinter & Schinz ….);
Crassula muscosa (Linnaeus, 1760), also named Crassula lycopodioides (Lamarck) or Crassula pseudolycopodioides, is a succulent plant native to South Africa and belonging to the family of Crassulaceae and to the genus Crassula. It is a houseplant grown worldwide and commonly known as Rattail Crassula, Watch Chain, Lizard’s Tail, Zipper Plant and Princess Pine.
Crassula muscosa has very small, light green leaves that are densely packed around a thin stem, and the arrangement of the leaves around the stems gives them a square shape. It grows as an intricate bush with very small yellow-green flowers, with a maximum height of 15-20 cm. It is an invasive species and easily propagated from stem cuttings.
The scientific and the common names refer to its appearance: muscosa derives from the Latin word muscosus, meaning “mossy“. Lycopodioides, referred to the clubmoss Lycopodium, derives from the Greek words “Λύκος” (líkos, wolf), “πόδι” (pódi, foot) and οειδής (oeides, -oid, similar to).
(From Wikipedia on 14.1.15)
Crassulaceae, Combretaceae and Myrtaceae Fortnight : Crassulaceae For ID : BBC Show,MNP,Mumbai : 18DEC14 : AK-43 : 8 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (2)
Not very sure if this would come under Crassulaceae.
But since it was along with other Crassulaceae plants, I am posting under the family.
I think, this is Crassula muscosa (Syn. Crassula lycopodioides). A nice pot plant.
Thanks for the suggested id.
It does look like it.
… are both correct…
Many thanks – I was not aware of the earlier name – It’s a plant I have known a very long time!
so did you grow them, … I had one for a few years but it never flowered
did you get it to flower?
if you did … do you have their pictures?
Yes, it flowers every year for me but the flowers are tiny and nestle amongst the leaves – I’ll find a photo for you.
Crassula muscosa in flowering stage.
Crassula muscosa ATJAN2018/01 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4)
Syn. crassula lycopodioides
January 6, 2018
Seen in flowering stage for the first time in this climate.