Bryophyllum delagoense (Eckl & Zeyh.) Schinz

Mother of Millions

Erect, succulent, hairless perennial to about 1 m tall. Leaves simple, opposite at first but alternate or in whorls of 3 on older shoots, mottled grey-green, cylindrical, the tip bearing small plantlets. Flowers pendulous, pale orange to magenta with spreading lobes; winter to spring. [b. tubiflorum Harv., Kalanchoe delagoensis Eckl. &Zeyh., Kalanchoe tubiflora (Harv.) Raym.-Hamet]

The fertile hybrid B.  ×houghtonii (B. daigremontianum × B. delagoense), Hybrid Mother of Millions, is intermediate between its parents. These hybrids are quite widely naturalised in Qld but not so abundant as B. delagoense. Both are toxic to stock.

S Africa. Naturalised in Qld, where it is a weed in many parts of the SE, also in NSW.

Source: Stajsic, V.; Spencer, R.; Forster, P.; Thompson, A. (2002). Crassulaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 3. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 2. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

Updated by: Val Stajsic, March 2019

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     [Saxifraganae]
order      Saxifragales
family       Crassulaceae
genus        Bryophyllum Salisb.