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Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi

Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi

Another entry from Claire today. She writes:

This photograph of Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi was taken at the Rutgers Floriculture Greenhouse by Elena (mycologie@Flickr) and provided to us via the BPotD Flickr Pool. Much appreciated, Elena!

Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi belongs to a family of succulent herbaceous species and soft-stemmed shrubs, the Crassulaceae. Crassulaceae has about 34 genera and 1370 species spread over a wide range of the world (frequently in drier regions). This family is known for CAM photosynthesis, which they and many other groups of taxa utilize. CAM is an acronym for Crassulacean Acid Metabolism, an adaptive strategy to allow maximum water storage.

This beautiful species is a native of Madagascar, but is widely cultivated as an ornamental and houseplant. As it is a succulent, it requires little water and is very low maintenance. Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi easily establishes and can take root from even one leaf being transplanted (it has escaped cultivation and become invasive in some subtropical places).

The common name is lavender scallop, due to the slightly purplish/pinkish tinge of the leaves. Some pictures of the vegetative parts can be found on the University of Connecticut's Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Greenhouses site: Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi.

5 Comments

How can it be so good looking with a name like that?

Oh come on Shirley! A rose by any other name is a rose is a rose is a rose....

Yet my kalonchoe has a different type of bloom. Another I have in a pot, never blooms. Invasive always fascinates me. I love my coral vine but...

They look a bit like evening gowns to me!

lovely indeed and grow very well here in florida daves garden has info

i agree lovely gowns indeed- better homes and garden magazine pp 107

has a photo of another kind of kalanchoes on glass shelves in a window


thank you claire fine write up and all the links are always helpful

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