Crassula muscosa (Linnaeus, 1760), also named Crassula lycopodioides (Lamarck) or Crassula pseudolycopodioides, is a succulent plant native to South Africa and belonging to the family of Crassulaceae and to the genus Crassula. It is common as a houseplant worldwide and is commonly known as Rattail Crassula, Watch Chain, Lizard's Tail, Zipper Plant and Princess Pine.
The plant has tiny leaves, suddenly light green, densely packed around the thin stem, forming a square mass. It grows as an intricate bush with a maximus height of 15-20 cm, and the flowers are little and yellow-green. It is invasive and can be easily propagated by stem cuttings.
As for the common names, also the scientific ones are referred to its appearance: muscosa derives from the Latin word muscosus, meaning "mossy". Lycopodioides, referred to the clubmoss Lycopodium, derives from the Greek words "Λύκος" (líkos, wolf), "πόδι" (pódi, foot) and οειδής (oeides, -oid, similar to).
- Crassula muscosa var. accuminata
- Crassula muscosa var. muscosa
- Crassula muscosa var. rastafarii
- Crassula muscosa var. sinuata
- Crassula muscosa var. variegata
- Crassula at succulent-plant.com (see the section "Crassula muscosa")
- Crassula muscosa at houseplantz.net
- C. muscosa var. accuminata: picture at Flickr
- C. muscosa var. muscosa at learn2grow.com
- C. muscosa var. rastafarii at plantdatabase.ie
- C. muscosa var. sinuata at tropicos.org
- C. muscosa var. variegata: picture at Flickr
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