Kalanchoe crenata (Andrews) Haw.

Last updated: 29 June 2015

Scientific Name

Kalanchoe crenata (Andrews) Haw.


Cotyledon aegyptiaca Lam., Cotyledon crenata (Andrews) Vent., Cotyledon deficiens Forssk., Cotyledon nudicaulis Lam., Cotyledon verea Jacq., Kalanchoe brittenii Raym.-Hamet, Kalanchoe coccinea Welw. ex Oliv., Vereia crenata Andrews. [1]

Vernacular Name

India Bakalpatta, hatho-kane, hazra, putkavari, rungru, tatra [2]
Indonesia Kayu urip (Ja­vanese); buntiris (Sundanese); tampu taura (Southern Sulawesi) [2][3]
Thailand Kong saamyaan, thong saamyaan (Central) [2][3]
Vietnam Tr[uw] [owf]ng sinh l[as] to [2][3]
Congo Dzoka, ilekesa, malekesa [2]
Ghana Aflatoga, egore, porow [2]
Nigeria Eleti, odundun, onwa [2]
South Africa Plakkie [2]
Tanzania Kikugwe [2]
Nepal Hatho-kane [2]

Geographical Distributions

Kalanchoe crena­ta is probably native to tropical and South Africa, naturalised in Brazil, South and South-East Asia. In Java, it is mostly found in the east, on the hot and dry eastern slopes of the moun­tains. [3]

K. crena­ta is a very variable and widespread species known under a multitude of synonyms. It can be found in a wide range of open, dry, stony habitats up to 2000 m altitude, sometimes abundant in light Casuarina forests. [3]

Botanical Description

K. crena­ta is a member of the Crassulaceae family. It is an erect or ascending shrub that can grow up to 30-200 cm tall. It is usually unbranched, with a strong taproot and with cylindrical or obtusely quadrangular stems. [3]

The leaves are ovate or obovate-oblong to spoon-shaped, measuring 4-30 cm x 2.5-20 cm, with wedge-shaped base, obtuse at apex, thickly coriaceous, with crenate margins, pale green, glaucous or variably tinged with purple and with petiole. [3]

The inflores­cence is up to 30 cm long. The flowers are with sepal lobes, measuring 4-12 mm x 3-4 mm and acute to atten­uate. The petal tube is 8-16 mm long, distinctly widened downwards,  and (orange-)yellow above the greenish base while the petal lobes are oblong-Iance-shaped to elliptical, measuring (4-)8-12 mm x (2-)3-4(-5) mm, patent or subreflexed, erect after anthesis and twisted to­gether and mucronate. The anthers are either all included or slightly exserted for those of the upper series. The smooth carpels are free or sub connate at the base. [3]


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Figure 1: The line drawing of K. crenata. [2]


  1. The Plant List. Ver1.1. Kalanchoe crenata (Andrews) Haw. [homepage on the Internet]. c2013 [updated 2012 Mar 23; cited 2015 June 29]. Available from: http://www.theplantlist.org/tpl1.1/record/kew-2335850
  2. Quattrocchi U. CRC world dictionary of plant names: Common names, scientific names, eponyms, synonyms, and etymology. Volume III E-L. Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press; 2012. p. 654.
  3. Wardah, van Valkenburg JLCH. Kalanchoe crenata (Andrews) Haw. In: de Padua LS, Bunyapraphatsara N, Lemmens RHMJ, editors. Plant Resources of South-East Asia No. 12(1): Medicinal and poisonous plants 1. Leiden, Netherlands: Backhuys Publisher, 1999; p. 337-338.