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Kalanchoe thyrsiflora1

Classification System: APG IV

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

Familia: Crassulaceae
Subfamilia: Kalanchoideae
Genus: Kalanchoe
Subgenus: K. subg. Kalanchoe
Species: Kalanchoe thyrsiflora

Kalanchoe thyrsiflora Harv., Fl. cap. 2:380. 1862

Kalanchoe alternans Eckl. & Zeyh. ex Harv. & Sond.

Native distribution areas:

Continental: Africa
Regional: Southern Africa
South Africa (Limpopo, North-West Prov., Gauteng, Mpulamanga, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal), Lesotho, Swaziland, SE-Botswana

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

Harvey, W.H., 1862. Flora Capensis 2:380.


Hassler, M. 2019. Kalanchoe thyrsiflora. 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 29. Reference page.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2019. Kalanchoe thyrsiflora in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2019 November 29. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2019. Kalanchoe thyrsiflora. Published online. Accessed: November 29 2019. 2019. Kalanchoe thyrsiflora. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 29 November 2019.
USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database]. [1]

Vernacular names
Afrikaans: Geelplakkie, Meelplakkie, Plakkie
English: Paddle Plant, Flapjacks, Desert Cabbage, White Lady

Kalanchoe thyrsiflora (also known as paddle plant, flapjacks, desert cabbage, white lady, geelplakkie, meelplakkie, or plakkie ) is a species of flowering plant native to Botswana, Lesotho, South Africa and Swaziland.


The name Kalanchoe thyrsiflora was first validly published for this southern African species by William Henry Harvey in 1862.[1] Based on an error introduced in The Plant List in 2012, the name K. thyrsiflora has been treated by some as a synonym of K. tetraphylla.[2] However, these two names apply to two distinct species.[3][4][5][6] The name K. tetraphylla dates from 1923 and applies to a different species confined to Madagascar.
It is a succulent plant producing a stalk about 1m tall, which dies back after flowering. It forms a basal rosette of large, rounded, fleshy, stalkless leaves, which are grayish-green with red margins, covered with a white powdery bloom. The inflorescence is terminal and erect with densely clustered thyrse-like panicles of greenish waxy flowers with yellow recurved lobes, narrowly urn-shaped. The plant flowers from autumn to spring, and is common in grassveld amongst rocks.


"Kalanchoe thyrsiflora". International Plant Names Index. Retrieved 2018-10-03.
"The Plant List: A Working List of All Plant Species". The Plant List. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
Boiteau, P.; Allorge-Boiteau, L. (1995). Kalanchoe (Crassulacées) de Madagascar. Systématique, Écophysiologie et Phytochimie. Paris: Éditions Karthala. ISBN 2-86537-595-1.
Descoings, B. (2003). "Crassulaceae". In Eggli, U. (ed.). Illustrated Handbook of Succulent Plants. Berlin: Springer Verlag. pp. 143–181. ISBN 978-3-642-62629-6.
"Kalanchoe thyrsiflora". Plants of the World Online. Royal Botanical Gardens Kew. Retrieved 2018-10-02.
"Kalanchoe tetraphylla". Plants of the World Online. Royal Botanical Gardens Kew. Retrieved 2018-10-02.

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