Ghost Plant
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Ghost Plant
P Introduced Photo: Sushain Babu
Common name: Ghost Plant, Mother-of-pearl Plant, Hens and Chicks
Botanical name: Graptopetalum paraguayense    Family: Crassulaceae (Sedum family)
Synonyms: Sedum paraguayense, Graptopetalum weinbergii, Echeveria weinbergii

Ghost Plant has a spreading and creeping habit, and reaches 20 cm high by 60 cm wide. Its appearance may vary depending on the soil and the exposure. The hanging rod can reach up to 2 m in length and a thickness of 2 cm. Green to light grey leaves can be up to 7 cm long and 3 cm wide. Thick and fleshy, they are arranged in a spiral around the stem and are very easily detached from the rosette, that is why this plant has been nicknamed "porcelain fleshy". Its white and yellow star-shaped flowers, appearing in spring, have 5 petals spotted with red. Ghost Plant was originally thought to be native to Paraguay, as the species name suggests, was discovered on cactus plants imported to New York in 1904 and only later determined to be from Еast-Сentral Mexico.

Identification credit: Sushain Babu Photographed in cultivation in U.P. & Manipur

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