Crassula quadrangularis is a synonym of C. pyramidalis, but it’s actually often sold as a different plant because of some differencese between the two forms, maybe because the width of the area of natural distribution of C. pyramidalis made it develop lightly different forms. Other synonyms are:
Crassula quadrangularis is a synonym of C. pyramidalis, but it’s actually often sold as a different plant because of some differencese between the two forms, maybe because the width of the area of natural distribution of C. pyramidalis made it develop lightly different forms. C. pyramidalis is native to Succulent Karoo, a desert ecoregion with a high tax of biodiversity and nurmber in succulent plants.
Crassula quadrangolaris is a tiny, succulent shrub, similar to the species “C. pyramidalis”. It’s characterized by succulent, quadrangular, branched stems, with small dark green leaves, tightly imbricated to the stems. “Imbricated” is a word used in botanical jargon that means “densely packed one on top of the other like roof tiles”. Leaves, in fact, are barely visible, being 4-6 mm long. in this particular arrangement the “tiles” are organized in 4 lines, which create four ribs on the stem of the plant: that’s why it’s called “C. quadrangolaris”. At the top of the stems, leaves form a cross. Branches can remain small and form some fashinating irregularities on the main stems.
Crassula quadrangolaris is not so difficult to grow if planted in a well-draining substrate. Even if you are not a really good gardener, it will resist. Pay attention to watering: the main problems that may occur in growing this cultivar are related to overwatering and scarce ventilation. Water interventions should be moderate and frequent in Spring and Summer but reduced and scarce in Winter, to prevent it from root and stem rot. This plant needs a good airflow and plenty of light. Abundance of light is important to enhance the marvelous colours of its leaves: anyway, a direct exposure in the hottest hours of Summer days should be avoided. It’s better to keep it indoors to avoid frost damages: temperatures below 5ºC could damage the plant.
Its ideal substrate is a porous potting mix, very well-draining. Choose a shallow pot to provide the best condition for its fibrous roots.
Propagation can be made by stem cuttings. Cuttings usually form roots slightly easily, if planted in a humid, well-draining, sandy substrate.
The name “Crassula” comes from the Latin “crassus”, which means fat.
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