Pagoda Village, Red Pagoda
Crassula capitella subsp. thyrsiflora
Aka. Crassula ‘Caput Minima’
Synonyms of Crassula capitella (11) (Updated on 1-19-21): Crassula albanensis Schönland, Crassula capitellata DC., Crassula impressa (Haw.) D.Dietr., Crassula paniculata (Haw.) D.Dietr., Crassula rufopunctata Schönland, Crassula spicata Thunb., Globulea impressa Haw., Globulea paniculata Haw., Purgosea capitellata (DC.) Sweet, Purgosea spicata (Thunb.) G.Don, Turgosea capitella (Thunb.) Haw.
Synonyms of Crassula capitella subsp. thyrsiflora (19) (Updated on 1-19-21): Crassula caffraria Hunnem. ex Link & Otto, Crassula corymbulosa Link, Crassula luederitzii Schönland, Crassula nuda Compton, Crassula punctata L., Crassula rodogyna Friedrich, Crassula thyrsiflora Thunb., Crassula turrita Thunb., Purgosea corymbosula Loudon ex Steud., Purgosea corymbulosa (Link) Sweet, Purgosea pertusa Sweet, Purgosea pertusula Haw., Purgosea punctata (L.) Sweet, Purgosea thyrsiflora (Thunb.) Sweet, Purgosea turrita (Thunb.) Sweet, Sedum corymbulosum (Link) Kuntze, Turgosea pertusa (Haw.) Haw., Turgosea thyrsiflora (Thunb.) Haw., Turgosea turrita (Thunb.) Haw.
Crassula capitella Thunb. was first named described by Carl Peter Thunberg in Nova Acta Physico (short version) in 1778.
Crassula capitella subsp. thyrsiflora (Thunb.) Toelken is the correct and accepted infraspecific scientific name for this plant. It was named and described as such by Hellmut R. Toelken in the Journal of South African Botany in 1975. It was first named and described as Crassula thyrsiflora by Carl Peter Thunberg in Nova Acta Physico (short version) in 1778.
The genus, Crassula L., was named and described as such by Carl von Linnaeus in the first volume of the first edition of Species Plantarum in 1753.
Plants of the World Online by Kew lists 205 species in the Crassula genus (as of 1-18-21 when I am updating this page. It is a member of the plant family Crassulaceae with 36 genera. Those numbers could change as updates are made.
I think this plant is native to southeastern Namibia, central Natal, and parts of the Cape Province in Africa.
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I bought this plant from Lowe’s in August 2012. The label simply said Crassula ‘Caput Minima’. Thanks to Margrit Bischofberger of the International Crassulaceae Network for giving me the correct name in 2013.
To say the least, this plant was really neat! I thought it was AWESOME how it started growing and flowering!
Its leaves are generally bright green but can take on brownish or reddish hues especially when stressed due to lack of water. Some websites also say it turns redder in more sun.
Information on Llifle (Encyclopedia of Living Forms) states Crassula capitella subsp. thyrsiflora is a prolific, mat-forming succulent with many branches when in flower. Its leaves are arranged in four ranks and sometimes in a spiral.
<<<<2013 NOW IN MISSOURI>>>
I sold the mansion in Mississippi to a group that turned it into a bed and breakfast. Dad asked me to move back to the family farm in mid-Missouri to help with the farm. So, in February 2013 that is what I did. I gave up several hundred plants but I brought most of my succulents and a few others.
Origin: South Africa
Zones: USDA Zones 9a-11 (20-40° F)
Size: Not sure…
Light: Sun to part shade
Soil: Fast-draining potting soil. Good quality potting soil amended with pumice (50/50) or additional perlite and chicken grit (2-1-1).
Water: Needs average water needs during the growing period, sparse in winter.
Flowers: Summer/late fall/early winter.
Propagation: Leaf cuttings. They fall off on their own.
Maintenance: Trim back after flowering.
I placed the plant on the kitchen windowsill with a few other succulents so they could get better light. Mom, who was 81 at the time, used to raise African Violets so I had to keep dumping water from their saucers almost every day. I tried to explain to her that these were succulents and they didn’t need water. She just smiled… She had dementia or something and she passed away on November 30, 2015. She was a very sweet old lady but she was very opinionated when she was younger. GEEZ!
I took most of the potted plants I bought with me outside for the summer but I kept this plant inside.
Once the plant finishes flowering, it falls apart and the leaves that hit the ground will take root. Some information also suggests the plants become more compact as they mature…
I really liked this plant but I had to part with it in the summer of 2014. Someday I will find another one and try it again. Next time, I will follow the rules and trim it back after it finishes flowering and see how it behaves.
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