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Kalanchoe marmorata

Kalanchoe marmorata, Photo: Michael Lahanas

Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Ordo: Saxifragales

Familia: Crassulaceae
Subfamilia: Kalanchoideae
Genus: Kalanchoe
Species: Kalanchoe marmorata

Kalanchoe marmorata Baker, Gard. Chron. t. 12: 300 1892.

Kalanchoe grandiflora A. Rich.
Kalanchoe kelleriana Schinz
Kalanchoe macrantha Bak.
Kalanchoe macrantha var. marmorata (Bak.) Maire
Kalanchoe macrantha var. richardiana Maire
Kalanchoe macrantha f. somaliensis (Bak.) Pamp.
Kalanchoe macrantha var. somaliensis (Hook.) Maire
Kalanchoe marmorata var. maculata Terr. ex Senni
Kalanchoe rutshuruensis Lebrun & Toussaint
Kalanchoe somaliensis Baker (

Native distribution areas:

Continental: Africa
Regional: Eastern Africa
Ethiopia, Eritrea, South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya, E-D.R.Congo (Zaire), Rwanda, N-Tanzania

References: Brummitt, R.K. 2001. TDWG – World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions, 2nd Edition
Primary references

Baker, J.G., 1892. The Gardeners’ Chronicle ser. 3, 12:300.


Hassler, M. 2019. Kalanchoe marmorata. World Plants: Synonymic Checklists of the Vascular Plants of the World In: Roskovh, Y., Abucay, L., Orrell, T., Nicolson, D., Bailly, N., Kirk, P., Bourgoin, T., DeWalt, R.E., Decock, W., De Wever, A., Nieukerken, E. van, Zarucchi, J. & Penev, L., eds. 2019. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Published online. Accessed: 2019 November 28. Reference page.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2019. Kalanchoe marmorata in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2019 November 28. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2019. Kalanchoe marmorata. Published online. Accessed: November 28 2019. 2019. Kalanchoe marmorata. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 28 November 2019.
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Kalanchoe marmorata in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed: 08-Apr-12.

Vernacular names
English: penwiper

Kalanchoe marmorata, the penwiper, is a species of flowering plant in the family Crassulaceae, native to Central and West Africa, from Zaire to Ethiopia, Sudan and Somalia. It is an erect or decumbent succulent perennial growing to 40 cm (16 in) tall and wide, with glaucous leaves spotted with purple, and starry white, four-petalled flowers, sometimes tinged with pink, in spring. As the minimum temperature for cultivation is 12 °C (54 °F), in temperate regions it is grown under glass as a houseplant.[1]

The Latin specific epithet marmorata refers to the marbled surface of the leaves.[2]

This plant has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[3][4]

RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 978-1405332965.
Harrison, Lorraine (2012). RHS Latin for gardeners. United Kingdom: Mitchell Beazley. p. 224. ISBN 9781845337315.
"RHS Plant Selector - Kalanchoe marmorata". Retrieved 26 September 2020.
"AGM Plants - Ornamental" (PDF). Royal Horticultural Society. July 2017. p. 56. Retrieved 14 March 2018.

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