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Protologue: H.G.A.Engler & K.A.E.Prantl, Nat. Pflanzenfam. 3(2): 37 (1891)
Pronunciation: Crás-su-la a-quá-ti-ca
Etymology: L. crassus, thick, referring to the fleshy leaves + aquatic, found in the water
Jepson eFlora Treatment
Jepson eFlora Key to Crassula
SD County Synoptic Voucher
Whole plant, and annual herb.
Flower close-up, showing 4-carpellate, apocarpous gynoecium.
There is one flower per node, distinguishing this species from other annual Crassula spp.
Fruits are aggregates of 4 follicles (follicetum). Note open pericarps after dehiscence (right image).
Comparison of Crassula aquatica (left) and Crassula solieri (right), the latter a native plant that can also be found in vernal pools.
Crassula aquatica has fruit units (follicles) that are less reddish and less recurved. Seed surface and sepal length and shape also differs between the two.
All photographs courtesy of Dr. Jon Reman.
|Seeds with ± regular, continuous, longitudinal lines at 20×, ± dull or shiny but not glistening as if wet;
follicles subtruncate at tip, suture abruptly outcurved in distal 1/4; sepals 0.5–1.5 mm, ovate to oblong ..... C. aquatica
Seeds with irregular, interrupted, longitudinal lines at 20×, shiny, glistening as if wet;
follicles oblique-acute at tip, suture gradually outcurved in distal 1/2; sepals 0.4–1 mm, deltate-ovate to lanceolate ..... C. solieri
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