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Genus Cotyledon Family Crassulaceae

Description: Perennial shrubs.

Leaves opposite, often in terminal clusters.

Inflorescence usually cymose, pendent; peduncle scape-like. Flowers 5-merous. Sepals united, fleshy. Corolla tubular, with the apical lobes recurved. Stamens in 2 whorls of unequal length, filaments fused to corolla tube. Carpels slightly fused at base, each with numerous ovules.

Follicles many-seeded; seeds ridged.


Distribution and occurrence: World: c. 35 species southern Africa, 1 in East Africa & Arabia. Australia: 1 species (naturalized).

Text by J. Everett & E. H. Norris
Taxon concept:

One species in NSW: Cotyledon orbiculata

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