Scientific Name:
Crassula moschata G.Forst. (1789)
  • Bulliarda moschata (G.Forst.) D'Urv. (1825)
  • Tillaea moschata (G.Forst.) DC., Prodr. [A. P. de Candolle] 3, 382 (1828)
Vernacular Name(s):
Shore stonecrop

Perennial herb forming small to very large and extensive loose or dense mats, sometimes to many m diam.; stems decumbent, rooting at nodes, ascending at tips, much-branched. Lvs connate at base, very variable, 2–12 × 1.2–3.4 mm, c. 0.7 mm thick, narrowly oblong-spathulate or narrowly oblong-elliptic, sometimes elliptic, flattened above, weakly convex beneath; apex obtuse. Fls solitary in lf axils, star-like, 4-merous, 4–6 mm diam.; pedicels 1–3 mm long at anthesis, not elongating at fruiting. Calyx lobes 1–1.8 × 0.5–0.6 mm, ovate or triangular-ovate, obtuse. Petals 2–3.5 × 1.2–1.7 mm, broadly obovate-elliptic to suborbicular, white or white with pink flush towards base, obtuse, much > calyx. Scales 0.8–0.9 mm long, oblong-cuneate to almost linear and only slightly wider towards apex. Follicles smooth. Seeds 0.5–0.7 mm long.

[From: Webb et al. (1988) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 4.]

Indigenous (Non-endemic)

Flowering: Sep.–Mar.

de Candolle, A.P. 1828: Prodromus Systematis Naturalis Regni Vegetabilis. Vol. 3. Treuttel et Würtz, Paris.
de Lange, P.J.; Rolfe, J.R.; Barkla J.W.; Courtney, S.P.; Champion, P.D.; Perrie, L.R.; Beadel, S.N.; Ford, K.A.; Breitwieser, I.; Schönberger, I.; Hindmarsh-Walls, R.; Heenan, P.B.; Ladley, K. 2018: Conservation status of New Zealand indigenous vascular plants, 2017. New Zealand Threat Classification Series. No. 22. [Not Threatened]
de Lange, P.J.; Rolfe, J.R.; Champion, P.D.; Courtney, S.P.; Heenan, P.B.; Barkla, J.W.; Cameron, E.K.; Norton, D.A.; Hitchmough, R.A. 2013: Conservation status of New Zealand indigenous vascular plants, 2012. New Zealand Threat Classification Series 3. Department of Conservation, Wellington. [Not Threatened]