Pachyphytum oviferum

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Pachyphytum oviferum
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Saxifragales
Family: Crassulaceae
Genus: Pachyphytum
Species: P. oviferum
Binomial name
Pachyphytum oviferum

Pachyphytum oviferum (sugaralmond plant or moonstone) is a species of plant in the genus Pachyphytum . The meaning of the name Pachyphytum oviferum is thick plant bearing eggs).

It comes from Mexico, in the rocky cliffs of the state of San Luis Potosi at 1200 meters altitude.


The leaves are succulent and egg-shaped, which gave its name to the species.

The stems (20 cm long, 1 cm thick) rise then fall with about 15 leaves. These leaves are 3 to 5 cm long, 1.8 to 3 cm wide and 8 to 17 mm thick.

They are bluish, looking like a sugared almond confection.

The inflorescence consists of a 30 cm stem bearing scarlet, bell-shaped flowers.


  • Urs Eggli (2005). Crassulaceae, Illustrated Handbook of Succulents Plants. Springer. ISBN 978-3540419655.
  • J. M. Garcia; L. L. Chavez (2003). Las Crasulaceas de México (in Spanish). Sociedad Mexicana de Cactologia. ISBN 9789685496001.

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