from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A genus of plants, natural order Crassulaceæ, consisting of succulent herbs and shrubs, chiefly natives of South Africa. Various species are cultivated for the beauty of their flowers and for bedding purposes.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun botany Any
plantof the genus Crassula, often succulentsnative to southern Africa.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun type genus of Crassulaceae; herbs and small shrubs having woody stems and succulent aerial parts
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(The crassula and baboon flower resided in the living room.)
The baboon flower rode on the passenger seat; the bag of soil lay on the floor; on top of it sat the crassula, a six-pack of brussels sprout plants (someone had told me they grew well in San Francisco's cool fall months), a sack of tulip bulbs (to be planted no earlier than November), and two different kinds of fertilizer (fish emulsion and something optimistically labeled GROWS).
The crassula genus is a diverse one, containing more than 150 species.
The "money plant" referred to in the TED video linked above is Epipremnum aureum, and I don't know much about it, but another plant that's sometimes called the "money plant" is the Jade plant (crassula ovata, the "friendship tree") - this is the ultimate indestructible plant, IMO.
My friend P was doing a survey on a new foreign pest, which, he said, had first been fingered as New Zealand pigmy weed, (I bristled) but, he hastened to reassure me, was really Australian swamp stone crop (I nodded understandingly), crassula helmsii, which is forming mats in some of the meres, tarns or waters.