Scientific Name:
Kalanchoe grandiflora A.Rich.

Glabrous, branched subshrub to c. 50 cm high; stems erect, to c. 12 mm diam., somewhat wider towards base, pink with purplish bloom when young. Lvs opposite, subsessile or with broad petioles to 5 mm long. Lamina 3.5–7 × 2.5–5 cm, c. 2 mm thick, broadly elliptic or broadly elliptic-obovate, to almost rhombic, greenish brown with pale glaucous-purple bloom, shallowly crenate in upper 1/2; base cuneate; apex rounded. Infl. a large, broadly pyramidal panicle, rather flattened above. Pedicels 7–15 mm long; bracts numerous, larger towards base of infl. Calyx 7–15 mm long, divided almost to base; lobes unequal, lanceolate-oblong, green, acute. Corolla tube 13–14 mm long, dilated towards base, green or greenish yellow; lobes patent, 8–11 × 4.5–7 mm, ± elliptic, golden; apex mucronate. Stamens very unequal; outer (upper) whorl with filaments adnate to corolla for most of length; inner (lower) whorl with filaments c. 2 mm long. Carpels (including styles) 12–16 mm long. Scales 3–4 mm long, linear with forked apex. Follicles 9–10 mm long, including beak. Seed not seen.

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


Flowering: Oct.–Dec.

Smith, G.F. 2021: How Kalanchoe marmorata (Crassulaceae subfam. Kalanchooideae), a distinctive central and east African species, received its name, and the later, valid publication of K. macrantha by Maire. Phytotaxa 502(1): 1–8.