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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 11/13/2012)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 11/13/2012)
PlaceOfPublication Parad. Londin. P1. 3. 1805.
Synonym Physocalycium (?) Vest, in Flora, III, 2:409. 1820. Crassouvia Commers. ex DC. Prodr. 3:395. 1828. Kalanchoe R. Hamet, in Bull. Herb. Boiss. II, 7:870. 1907, in part.
Description Erect, succulent, perennial herbs or subshrubs, usually glabrous. Leaves mostly simple but sometimes pinnately compound, opposite, thick and fleshy. Inflorescence usually a terminal panicle. Flowers perfect, regular, usually nodding, mostly 4-merous; sepals 4; usually united into an inflated tube; petals 4, sympetalous, somewhat exceeding the calyx, usually constricted above the ovary, the lobes shorter than the tube; stamens inserted on the lower corolla tube, the filaments about equalling the corolla; carpels partly united or distinct; ovules numerous; disc bearing 4 glands or scales. Fruit normally of 4 follicles.
Note The genus is distinguished from the New World genera of the family in pos- sessing the large, inflated calyx and opposite, sometimes compound leaves. It resembles the African and Asian genera Kalanchoe and Kitchingia, differing from these in the insertion of the stamens toward the base of the corolla tube in the large, nodding flowers. A single species is naturalized widely in Panama, but is not frequently collected.
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