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Crassula tecta is a small and attractive perennial species with obtuse, greyish-green, thick leaves 20-30 mm long densely covered with ash coloured papillae resembling the scales of a butterfly's wing. It is somewhat more succulent than other members of the genus Crassula. Growth is not very fast, but eventually low compact clumps up to 5 cm tall and 6 cm wide, are formed which are entirely different from any of the other crassulas. The inflorescence consists of a head of several, white flowers at the end of a peduncle about 10 cm tall.
Common Names: Brush mesemb, Lizard Skin Crassula, Covered crassula
Origin: Republic of South Africa, Western Cape, mainly in the Little Karoo from near Montagu to Oudtshoorn but it has also been recorded from near Willowmore and Steytlerville.
Blooming season: Crassula tecta is a winter grower and will usually flower in autumn to mid-winter (between April and June in habitat).
Stem: Scarcely any, very short, semi-succulent, usually single or sparingly branched, but at times much branched and usually swollen at base, axis to 5 mm thick, with old leaves not deciduous.
Roots: Fibrous, shortly branched adapted to growing in very shallow soils.
Leaves. Sub-radical in basal rosettes. Connate, opposite and stacked at right angles to the pair above and below, ovate to ovate-lanceolate, highly succulent, 10-25(-35) mm long, 3-10(-15) mm broad, lamina flattish, epidermis with short, hard, irregularly shaped papillae, broadened towards apex but often with recurved cilia towards base, grey-green or ash coloured, upper face flat to slightly concave near the base, lower face convex, tip rounded, rarely bluntly acute or obtuse. In the eastern end of its distribution the leaves are more flattened and are keeled along the edge and tip.
Inflorescences: Elongated globose thyrses. Scape erect filiform, to 30-10(-12) cm long, covered with rounded papillae. In the field the inflorescence is usually unbranched but under cultivation it often consists of up to 3 part-inflorescences, in which case plants may be similar to Crassula sericea.
Flowers: Several, minute, white, 5-petalled and sessile. Sepals broadly triangular, 1,5-2 mm long, with rounded often obtuse apices, with recurved hairs and marginal cilia, fleshy, grey-green. Corolla white or cream to 5 mm long, tubular. Corolla lobes fused at the base, oblong-oblanceolate, 3-4 mm long, white to cream, tips recurved with indistinct dorsal appendage. Anthers yellow.
Fruits: Tiny fruits consist usually of 5 more or less separate parts (follicles) which after a month or so after flowering dry to release the minute dust-like seeds which are dispersed by wind and water.
Some of the information in this description has been found at desert-tropicals.com, llifle.com and cactus-art.biz