Miniature Pine Tree
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Miniature Pine Tree
P Introduced Photo: Anil Thakur
Common name: Miniature Pine Tree
Botanical name: Crassula tetragona    Family: Crassulaceae (Sedum family)

Miniature Pine Tree is an evergreen fleshy plant up to 1 m tall. The narrow, almost needle-like foliage and sparsely branched, shrubby, tree-like habit of this plant have inspired the rather misleading name “miniature pine”. The apple-green, awl-shaped leaves occur in well-spaced pairs along fleshy upright stems that can reach waist height. Stem is woody with brown bark. Dense clusters of small creamy-white flowers appear at the branch tips in spring and summer. Crassula are generally started by division, offsets or leaf cuttings. Plants can be easily propagated from a single leaf: sprout leaves by placing them into a fleshy or cacti mix, then covering the dish until they sprout. Miniature Pine Tree is native to South Africa, cultivated in gardens elsewhere.

Identification credit: Anil Thakur Photographed in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.

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