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Graptopetalum pentandrum superbum


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Family Crassulaceae

Herbs, subshrubs , or shrubs . Stems mostly fleshy . Leaves alternate, opposite, or verticillate , usually simple ; stipules absent; leaf blade entire or slightly incised, rarely lobed or imparipinnate . Inflorescences terminal or axillary , cymose , corymbiform , spiculate , racemose, paniculate , or sometimes reduced to a solitary flower. Flowers usually bisexual , sometimes unisexual in Rhodiola (when plants dioecious or rarely gynodioecious ), actinomorphic , (3 or) 4-6(-30) -merous. Sepals almost free or basally connate , persistent . Petals free or connate. Stamens as many as petals in 1 series or 2 × as many in 2 series. Nectar scales at or near base of carpels. Follicles sometimes fewer than sepals, free or basally connate, erect or spreading , membranous or leathery, 1- to many seeded. Seeds small; endosperm scanty or not developed.

About 35 genera and over 1500 species: Africa, America, Asia, Europe; 13 genera (two endemic, one introduced ) and 233 species (129 endemic, one introduced) in China.

Some species of Crassulaceae are cultivated as ornamentals and/or used medicinally.[1]

Physical Description

Flowers: Bloom Period: January, February, March, April, May. • Flower Color: apricot, coral , orange


Size: under 6" tall.


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Culture: Space 9-12" apart.

Sunlight: Sun Exposure: Full Sun .

Moisture: Drought Tolerance: High

Temperature: Cold Hardiness: 9b, 10a, 10b, 11. (map)


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Graptopetalum Pentandrum Superbum


Publishing author : Kimnach Publication : in Cact. Succ. J. (U.S.A.), 59(4): 142 (1987) 1987

Similar Species

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Members of the genus Graptopetalum

ZipcodeZoo has pages for 6 species, subspecies, varieties, forms, and cultivars in this genus:

G. amethystinum (Graptopetalum) · G. bartramii (Patagonia Leather Petal) · G. filiferum (Graptopetalum) · G. paraguayense (Ghost Plant) · G. rusbyi (San Francisco Leather Petal) · G. 'Point Dexter's' (Graptopetalum)

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Further Reading

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  1. Kunjun Fu, Hideaki Ohba & Michael G. Gilbert "Crassulaceae". in Flora of China Vol. 8 Page 202. Published by Science Press (Beijing) and Missouri Botanical Garden Press. Online at [back]
Last Revised: 2014-05-09