Scalloped Kalanchoe
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Scalloped Kalanchoe
P Introduced Photo: Preetha P.S.
Common name: Scalloped Kalanchoe • Hindi: Kalanchoe, Mother of millions, Dog's liver, Orange forest kalanchoe
Botanical name: Kalanchoe crenata    Family: Crassulaceae (Sedum family)
Synonyms: Kalanchoe verea, Kalanchoe brasilica, Kalanchoe coccinea

Scalloped Kalanchoe is an ornamental fleshy herb forming one to several erect stems 0.3-2 m tall. It is often confused with Bryophyllum pinnatum. Stems are erect or rising up, cylindrical or bluntly four-edged, glandular-velvet-hairy above. Leaf-stalk are up to 4 cm long, flattened and grooved above with wings along its length and slightly broadened at the base. Leaves are fleshy, thickly leathery, ovate, ovate-oblong to spoon-shaped, mostly hairless but also hairy, yellow to deep green, glaucous or variably tinged with purple, 4-30 cm long and up to 2.5-20 cm broad; margins distinctly rounded toothed, subrounded toothed or irregularly shaped with blunt teeth, sometimes edged reddish, tip blunt, base wedge-shaped. Flowers are borne in many-flowered corymbs, together forming a large at branch-ends rounded panicle, up to 25-30 cm long, flower-stalks 2-6 mm. long. Flowers are long, tubular topped with four flared yellow, orange to brick-red petals and clasped by a light green sepal-cup, hairless or glandular-velvet-hairy. Tube is 8-16 mm long, sepals lanceshaped to linear-lanceshaped, 2.2-8 mm long, pointed to narrowed. Petals are oblonglong-lanceshaped to elliptic, 4-8 mm long, 2.5-5 mm. wide, pointed, with a short sharp point. Scalloped Kalanchoeis native to Tropical & S. Africa, Arabian Peninsula, cultivated elsewhere.

Identification credit: Preetha P.S. Photographed in cultivation in Vizhinjam, Kerala.

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