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1. New Albums and some changes


The latest genera Albums added to the Operation Wildflower Site are the ones on Paranomus, Hoodia and Hesperantha. This means that photos and stories of plants belonging to these genera already on the Site have been moved from the more general Albums called Shrubs, Succulents and Bulbs into their own new Albums under Genera. 


There is a genus Album in every case where enough material has been accumulated to warrant a stand-alone grouping of photos and stories. There are now more than 160 such Albums on genera of South African plants. The biggest ones (most photos) belong to the genera Crassula, Euphorbia, Pelargonium and Aloe. Keep watching, more will be added! If there is no genus Album yet on the plant you are looking for, check under Types or the Search Box.


In order to access all items on a plant of interest, the Search Box should be used, entering the botanical name of the plant. Most photos and stories on a particular plant are likely to be posted under Genera, (or if there are only few of them, in the conglomerate categories under Types). Habitat, Regions or Parks and Gardens may also contain some material on a species searched for, showing in the list generated when using the Search Box. The latest Regions Album is the one on the Langkloof. A new Parks and Gardens Album for the Caledon Wildflower Garden has also been created from existing material.


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Crassula setulosa var. setulosa forma setulosa

Botanical name

Crassula setulosa var. setulosa forma setulosa

Other names





Very small succulent with opposite leaves

Description of stem

Only visible in mature stage when one or more stems have grown; succulent, straight

Description of leaves

Fleshy, sessile, ovate, opposite, slightly recurving; green with semi-randomly spread maroon dots, often pinkish towards the apex in older leaves; edge entire with a row of dots and a row of minute whitish stubble-like protuberances resembling millipede legs along the leaf edges

Description of flowers

Dense terminal panicles of conspicuous flowers, white corolla on a five segmented green calyx, dark anthers

Description of seed/fruit


Description of roots




Propagation and Cultivation



Survives on barren, rocky surfaces in minimal soil whilst also coping with phases of  rainy inundation



Ecological rarity


Pests and diseases





Rocky crevices and outcrops in shallow pockets of soil


Magaliesberg, Gauteng, North West, Mpumalanga; KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape


South Africa


Crassula compacta in Magaliesberg; Photographed by Jack Latti

Crassula compacta, young with lichen; Photographed by Jack Latti

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