Crassula capitella

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Synonyms:

Crassula albanensis
Crassula capitella subsp. capitella
Crassula capitellata
Crassula impressa
Crassula paniculata
Crassula rufopunctata
Crassula spicata
Crassula subbifera
Crassula turrita var. latifolia
Globulea impressa
Globulea paniculata
Purgosea capitellata
Purgosea spicata
Turgosea capitella

Habitat:

Crassula capitella is native to Namibia, South Africa, and Botzwana.

Description:

Crassula capitella has 5 subpecies:

Crassula capitella subsp. capitella
Crassula capitella subsp. meyeri
Crassula capitella subsp. nodulosa
Crassula capitella subsp. sessilicymula
Crassula capitella subsp. thyrsiflora: this species is also called Crassula turrita.

Crassula capitella is a tiny perennial herb with elongated, green leaves that turn into a bright red when they grow old. Leaves can be arranged in spirals or in basal, recurve rosettes. Its stems are maximum 40 centimeters tall. White starry flowers are formed in a cymose inflorescence called, in botany, dichasia, formed in the center of the rosettes. This is a monocarpic species, which means that it dies after having blossomed.

Cultivation:

Cultivation of Crassula capitella is not so difficult. t needs a sandy,  well-draining substrate and it tolerates drought. During its growing season, in Spring and Summer, water it moderately: in Winter, reduce waterings until suspending them completely. It needs a partial exposure to sunlight. In more sunny spots, leaves tend to become more reddish, while, in shade, they tend to remain greener.

Propagation:

Propagation is made through stem cuttings and leaf cuttings, Stem cuttings should be more or less 13 centimeters long and they should be planted in a sandy, humid substrate.

Curiosity:

Crassula capitella is used by local populations to heal wounds, reduced in powder.

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