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(MHNT) Pachyphytum oviferum - Habitus

Classification System: APG IV

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

Familia: Crassulaceae
Subfamilia: Sempervivoideae
Tribus: Sedeae
Genus: Pachyphytum
Species: Pachyphytum oviferum

Pachyphytum oviferum J.A.Purpus, Monatsschr. Kakteenk. 29: 100 1919.
Native distribution areas:

Continental: Northern America
Regional: Mexico
Mexico (San Luis Potosi)

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

Purpus, J.A., 1919. Monatsschrift für Kakteenkunde. Berlin 29:100.


Hassler, M. 2019. Pachyphytum oviferum. 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 Dec 05. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2019. Pachyphytum oviferum. Published online. Accessed: Dec 05 2019.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2019. Pachyphytum oviferum in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2019 Dec 05. Reference page. 2019. Pachyphytum oviferum. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 05 Dec 2019.
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Pachyphytum oviferum in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed: 07-Oct-06.

Vernacular names
English: Sugaralmond plant, Moonstone
eesti: Muhe tüsik
français: Plante dragée

Pachyphytum oviferum, the sugaralmond plant or moonstone, is a species of plant in the genus Pachyphytum.

The meaning of the name Pachyphytum oviferum is thick plant bearing eggs.

It comes from Mexico, in the rocky cliffs of the state of San Luis Potosi at 1200 meters altitude.


The leaves are succulent and egg-shaped, which gave its name to the species.

The stems (20 cm long, 1 cm thick) rise then fall with about 15 leaves. These leaves are 3 to 5 cm long, 1.8 to 3 cm wide and 8 to 17 mm thick.

Leaves are pale blue-green to bluish-purple, looking like a sugared almond confection.[1]

The inflorescence consists of a 30 cm stem bearing scarlet, bell-shaped flowers.

"About". World of Succulents. September 26, 2016. Retrieved July 19, 2019.

Urs Eggli (2005). Crassulaceae, Illustrated Handbook of Succulents Plants. Springer. ISBN 978-3540419655.
J. M. Garcia; L. L. Chavez (2003). Las Crasulaceas de México (in Spanish). Sociedad Mexicana de Cactologia. ISBN 9789685496001.

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