Crassula muscosa

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Crassula muscosa
Crassula lycopodioides var acuminata.jpg
Crassula muscosa var. accuminata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Saxifragales
Family: Crassulaceae
Genus: Crassula
Species: C. muscosa
Binomial name
Crassula muscosa
(Linnaeus, 1760)

Crassula lycopodioides
Crassula pseudolycopodioides

Detail of leaves

Crassula muscosa (Linnaeus, 1760),[1] also named Crassula lycopodioides (Lamarck)[2] or Crassula pseudolycopodioides, is a succulent plant native to South Africa and Namibia, belonging to the family of Crassulaceae and to the genus Crassula. It is a houseplant grown worldwide and commonly known as Rattail Crassula,[2] Watch Chain, Lizard's Tail, Zipper Plant and Princess Pine.


Crassula muscosa has very small, light green leaves that are densely packed around a thin stem, and the arrangement of the leaves around the stems gives them a square shape.[1] It grows as an intricate bush with very small yellow-green flowers, with a maximum height of 15-20 cm. It is an invasive species and easily propagated from stem cuttings. When in flower, the plant can produce a pungent, acrid smell not unlike cat urine.[citation needed]

The scientific and the common names refer 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 is native to South Africa (the Cape Provinces, the Free State and the Northern Provinces) and Namibia.[3]



  • Crassula muscosa var. accuminata
  • Crassula muscosa var. muscosa[4]
  • Crassula muscosa var. rastafarii[5]
  • Crassula muscosa var. sinuata[6]
  • Crassula muscosa var. variegata


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