Necklace Plant
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Necklace Plant
P Introduced Photo: Tabish
Common name: Necklace Plant, Rosary plant, Kebab bush, Concertina plant, Rock Crassula, Rosary Vine, Necklace Vine
Botanical name: Crassula rupestris    Family: Crassulaceae (Sedum family)

Necklace Plant is a colourful and free-flowering, erect, spreading or prostrate much branched shrublets up to 50 cm high, with ovate, fleshy succulent leaves, 3-15 mm long, 2-13 mm broad. The leaves, borne on opposite sides of the shoots, connect at the base to give the foliage the appearance of a string of beads. The plant produces dense heads of many pink or white flowers in close bunches at the ends of the branches. Flower-cluster-stalks are up to 2 cm long and partly hidden by upper leaves, with spreading bracts at least 3 mm long at base of inflorescence. Flowers are white or pinkish, flower-stalks hairless, purplish. Sepals are narrowly to broadly triangular, about 1 mm long, fleshy. Flowers are tubular, fused basally for 0.4-0.6 mm, white and more or less tinged pink or red. Stamens have brown anthers. Necklace Plant is native to South Africa, cultivated as a houseplant elsewhere.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in cultivation in Garden of Five Senses, Delhi.

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