Chandelier Plant
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Chandelier Plant
P Introduced Unknown Photo: Ashutosh Sharma
Common name: Chandelier Plant, Mother of millions
Botanical name: Kalanchoe delagoensis    Family: Crassulaceae (Sedum family)
Synonyms: Bryophyllum delagoense, Kalanchoe tubiflora, Bryophyllum tubiflorum

Chandelier Plant is a succulent herb, pale green mottled with violet-brown, glaucous. Stems are simple, 50-200 cm x 0.5-1 cm. Leaves mostly opposite or whorled in sets of three, evenly spaced, simple; leaf-stalk and blade indistinguishable, reddish green to gray-green with reddish brown spots, narrowly oblong, subcylindric, grooved above, 3-15 cm x 3-6 mm, margins entire except for 3-9 conic teeth at tip, tip blunt, surfaces not glaucous; plantlets borne between teeth, spurs spoon-shaped. Inflorescence of dense, corymb-like cymes, 5-20 cm diameter; branches up to 3 cm long. Flower-stalks are 5-30 mm. Flowers are pendent; sepal-cup pale green, not inflated, 8-16 mm long, with triangular lobes that are longer than tube and tapering at tip; flower orange to scarlet, 25-40 mm long, not contracted basally, lobes obovate, 6-12 mm long, with rounded or apiculate tip. Fruits dry, indehiscent, papery follicles, about 10 mm long, with numerous minute (about 1 mm long) brown-coloured seeds. Chandelier Plant is native to Madagascar, considered an aggressing weed in many places.

Identification credit: Ashutosh Sharma Photographed in cultivation in Himachal Pradesh.

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