Crassula schimperi ssp. phyturus
Syn: Crassula phyturus
Crassula schimperi ssp. phyturus (Mildbr.) R. Fern. is an accepted infraspecific taxon of the genus Crassula. It was first described as such by Rosette Mercedes Saraiva Batarda Fernandes in Boletim da Sociedade Broteriana in 1978. It was FIRST described as the species Crassula phyturus by Gottfried Wilhelm Johannes Mildbraed in Notizblatt des Botanischen Gartens und Museums zu Berlin-Dahlem in 1922. It was decided that Crassula phyturus was not a species on its own, but a subspecies of Crassula schimperi.
Crassula schimperi Fisch. & C.A. May is the correct and accepted scientific name for this species of Crassula. It was first described in Index Seminum in 1841 by Friedrich Ernst Ludwig von (Fedor Bogdanovic) Fischer AND Carl Anton (Andreevič) von Meyer.
I could not find the pronunciation for Crassula schimperi, so we’ll just have to guess.
I did not buy this plant on purpose. It was growing in the pot with the Aeonium lindleyi var. lindleyi I bought from Lowe’s in 2009. I removed them and put them in their own pot and they started growing like weeds. Well, maybe “weeds” is an improper word here. I had done some research on what the plant might be but I couldn’t find an exact match. I thought it could have been a Crassula mucosa. My thanks to Margrit Bischofberger of The International Crassulaceae Network who gave me her opinion. She thought it looked more like Crassula schimperi ssp. phyturus and after looking at the photos on her website, I had to agree.
This subspecies is native to Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Socotra in South Africa.
My Crassula schimperi ssp. phyturus grew and spread in its pot for quite sometime after the Aeonium had died. Then it also eventually died. Back then I was a newbie to succulents and didn’t have the proper potting mixture so the soil probably stayed too wet during the winter months.
If you have any comments about this plant I would love to hear them.