Crassula elegans subsp. elegans grows here at Daberas in the Richtersveld at the foot of an Othonna furcata shrub. This Crassula grows in sandy soil among rocks, also to the north of the Gariep in southern Namibia. An earlier name for the plant was C. namibensis. Although living on the edge, the plant copes in habitat; as long as the desert is left free from human “improvement”.
C. elegans subsp. elegans is a small, spreading succulent shrublet, sometimes reaching 5 cm in height. The plant in picture is greenish grey; it may also be seen with brick-red leaf colouring. The stems are densely covered in chunky succulent leaves that grow in pairs. The leaves may be finely hairy. The leaf shape is flat or concave on the inside, keeled on the outside with rounded margins (Williamson, 2010; iSpot).
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