Crassula Muscosa

Crassula Muscosa Plant Information


Crassula Muscosa grows in the following 3 states:

Oregon, California, Washington

Crassula muscosa (Linnaeus, 1760), also named Crassula lycopodioides (Lamarck) or Crassula pseudolycopodioides, is a succulent plant native to South Africa and Namibia, 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. When in flower, the plant can produce a pungent, acrid smell not unlike cat urine.
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 "" (lkos, wolf), "" (pdi, foot) and (oeides, -oid, similar to).
Crassula muscosa is native to South Africa (the Cape Provinces, the Free State and the Northern Provinces) and Namibia.

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