ISI 2007-24. Kalanchoe alternans (Vahl) Persoon

This elegantly understated kalanchoe has flattened rosettes of glabrous, decussate leaves. These are simple and ovate with crenate margins and are of a color described as pinkish-fawn to reddish. At first the stems are hidden by the leaves but in age become thick and fleshy with a gnarled, almost caudiciform aspect. The flowers are pale pinkish and ephemeral, borne on wispy, slender-stalked inflorescences. The species is native to the mountains of western Saudi Arabia and Yemen. We offer seedlings from HBG 95218, a plant collected Jan. 18, 1997, by Nora Barboza (# 712) at 9000' in relatively wet hills along the road to Matnah, W of San’a’, Yemen. $5.

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Published in the Cactus and Succulent Journal, Vol. 79 (2), March - April, 2007