Crassula muscosa (Linnaeus, 1760), also named Crassula lycopodioides (Lamarck) 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, 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. 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.
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 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
- "Crassula muscosa L.". GRIN Taxonomy for Plants. USDA. Retrieved 2015-08-10.
- C. muscosa var. muscosa at learn2grow.com
- C. muscosa var. rastafarii at plantdatabase.ie
- C. muscosa var. sinuata at tropicos.org
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