Bryophyllum fedtschenkoi

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Bryophyllum fedtschenkoi
Bryophyllum fedtschenkoi (Habitus).jpg
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B. fedtschenkoi
Binomial name
Bryophyllum fedtschenkoi
Synonyms[1]
  • Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi Raym.-Hamet & H.Perrier

Bryophyllum fedtschenkoi, native to Madagascar, is widely sold as a house or garden plant[2] that has established itself in the wild in some southern parts of the United States of America. Its specific epithet fedtschenkoi honors botanist Boris Fedtschenko (1873-1947).[3]

Description[edit]

Bryophyllum fedtschenkoi is a low-growing, frost-tender perennial succulent which prefers dry, open ground. It grows to 10–12 inches (25–30 cm) tall as an untidy, low, rounded herb. The stems are round, smooth and lax with visible phylloclade scars, often bending and touching the ground where they produce roots and a new plants. Phylloclades are simple, fleshy, alternate, blue-green and oval or obovate with fine scalloped edges, the edges may turn pink or red under strong sunlight or drought conditions. The tubular flowers are in corymbs, often multi-layered in good conditions. Each flower has a short calyx edged with delta-shaped segments, which is shorter than its tubular corolla. The corolla is an orange/coral/apricot color. The flowers are pendant.[4]

Commonly called ‘Lavender Scallops’ from the shape and color of its phylloclades. It has few pests but may harbor mealy bugs or occasionally scale insects.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Plant List: A Working List of All Plant Species".
  2. ^ a b Bryophyllum fedtschenkoi (Raym.-Hamet & H.Perrier), Connecticut University.
  3. ^ Raymond-Hamet & H. Perrier de la Bâthie. Annales du Museé Colonial de Marseille, sér. 2 3: 75–80. 1915.
  4. ^ Bryophyllum fedtschenkoi, eFloras.