Mystery crassula & droopy growth

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  1. Honeysuckle

    Honeysuckle Active Member

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    I have a crassula (top view, side view) that grows in a large rosette pattern and produces pink flowers. It's not an uncommon variety - can anyone id it?

    My second question relates to the droopy growth of one of its babies. Here's a closeup of the tip. Unlike the mama plant, the baby plant looks more stretched out, not like a rosette. It had been doing okay until this winter and sits in a location where it actually gets more light than before (though still not full sun; it gets a mix of direct and dappled sun throughout the day). In the past couple of weeks, the tip has started to turn bright pink* too. At first, I wondered if it could be ready to flower but I haven't seen any signs of a flower stalk. Any ideas what's going on? Should I move it back to its lower light spot (north-facing, with little direct sun) or increase watering (I tend to water infrequently)?

    *Update: Photo of pink, droopy tip
     
  2. Honeysuckle

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    Or is it a type of kalanchoe? I couldn't find any matching images on the web...
     
  3. Junglekeeper

    Junglekeeper Esteemed Contributor 10 Years

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    How about Cotyledon orbiculata?
     
  4. Dee M.

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    I was thinking it might be a kind of Aeonium. Don't know which one though. That one with the drooping tip does look suspiciously like a flowering stem. If you [unknowingly ] took a cutting of a flowering stem that could be what is happening. I don't know what will happen to it.
     
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    wrygrass2 Active Member 10 Years

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    Found this Echeveria on line that resembles your growth pattern for the 'baby'. It's called Echeveria Topsy Turvy or E. runyonii. Probably not your species as it has a yellow flower, but the similar droopy stem caught my eye.

    Harry
     
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    LPN Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Well Honeysuckle, the droopy growth is the part of the plant about to flower. My first instinct tells me it's Echiveria, but without spending a few hours trying to nail it's ID down...

    Cheers.
     
  8. Honeysuckle

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    Re: Cotyledon ?

    Thanks for your input so far. I don't think it's an echeveria (definitely not 'Topsy Turvy') or aeonium. It is something very much like a Cotyledon orbiculata, although the round leaves are more incurved than flat (like this kalanchoe thyrsiflora that I also have).

    My plants came from the plant pictured below - I found a couple (less-than-great) photos of the mama plant in flower (see attachments for a top view & side view).
     

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  9. Dee M.

    Dee M. Active Member 10 Years

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    I think you may be on to something, the flowers do like more a Kalanchoe's then the others. I don't think this is it but here is a picture of a Bryophyllum [it used to be a Kalanchoe] and it's flowers, see what you think. With the picture of it's flower I bet someone will identify it.
    http://davesgarden.com/pf/showimage/36973/
     
  10. Honeysuckle

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    Re: Mystery crassula/kalanchoe flower

    Guess what, you're right! I was starting to doubt that it was a flowering stalk but upon closer inspection yesterday, I can just make out the tiniest flecks of pink color in the buds that are forming at its tips!
     
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    Junglekeeper Esteemed Contributor 10 Years

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    So is it still a mystery? I find it difficult to distinguish one cactus/succulent from another.
     
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    Honeysuckle,
    Good news! If you can, post a pic once it shows well. I'd like to see it!

    Cheers, LPN.
     
  13. Honeysuckle

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    Re: Echeveria pallida

    I'll buy that! I didn't even think it was an echeveria - seemed too big but now the mystery is solved. Thanks so much, Rosemarie!

    The buds haven't opened yet but here is the latest photo of my flowering stalk.
     

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    Beautiful flower shot! Glad to help! I have quite a few Echeveria in my collection of succulents! :)
     
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    Try poting a new one in a sunny local, the growth and shape should resemble true to the Echeveria hybrid, but then it already does, either way try it in a rockery?
     
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    Re: Echeveria pallida flowers

    Just a couple more photos since my echeveria flowers have opened. They are amazingly bright pink - so pretty!
     

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