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Crassula ovata (Jade plant)

Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Order: Saxifragales
Family: Crassulaceae
Genus: Crassula
Species: C. ovata
Binomial name: Crassula ovata
Synonyms: Cotyledon lutea, Cotyledon ovata, Crassula argentea, .
Crassula articulate, Crassula nitida, Crassula obliqua, Crassula portulacea
Common names: Jade plant, Friendship tree, Lucky plant, Money plant, Money tree, Dollar plant,

Crassula ovata is a succulent plant native to Mozambique and to the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal provinces of South Africa. It is common as a houseplant worldwide as it requires little water and can survive in most indoor conditions.
Crassula ovata is an evergreen plant with thick branches. It can grow up to a metre in height. With age, the stout grey trunk and its sturdy limbs look like a miniature tree.
The jade green, thick, smooth leaves are egg-shaped to elliptic and they often have a red margin when exposed to high levels of sunlight. The leaves are 30-90 mm long and 18-40 mm wide and grow in opposing pairs which are clustered towards the ends of the branches. The leaves retain water, just like the cactus plant.
Under the right conditions, during the cool winter months, sweetly scented, pale-pink, star-shaped flowers in tight rounded bunches are produced. The flowers develop into small capsules, each holding many fine dust-like seeds that are dispersed by the wind.

 










The stout grey trunk.
 

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