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Mother-of-Millions

Bryophyllum delagoense

Alternative Name(s): Kalanchoe tubiflora, Bryophyllum tubiflorum.

Family: Crassulaceae.

Form: Herb

Origin: Native to Madagascar.

Flowers/Seedhead: Flowers: In a flat-topped cluster with drooping, bell-shaped, orange-red to scarlet, 4-lobed flowers 23cm long. Flowers mainly winter to spring.

Description: Perennial herb to 1 m high. Leaves notched near apex, 215 cm long, succulent, without a stalk (sessile). Fruit dry and containing many seeds.

Distinguishing features: Distinguished by erect cylindrical stems; simple, almost cylindrical, pale green to pale brown leaves with dark green patches and a shallow groove on the upper surface, often with plantlets produced towards the apex, and drooping tubular flowers.

Dispersal: Seed and by plantlets produced in notches on the margin of the cylindrical leaves.

Confused With: Hybrid Mother-of-Millions Bryophyllum daigremontianum x Bryophyllum delagoense has V-shaped leaves (see photo). This hybrid is widespread in south-east Queensland and northern NSW but is not as common as Bryophyllum delagoense.


Flowers tubular & orange-red

Notes: Mother-of-Millions forms colonies on roadsides and vacant land. Garden escape. Plants, particularly flowers, are poisonous to stock.

References:

    Flora of NSW. G. Harden (ed), Vol. 1, 1990, page 528. Weeds. B. Auld and R. Medd, 1987, page 157.

Web References: Search Australian web sites for further information on this weed.


Hybrid Mother-of-Millions B. daigremontianum
x B. delagoense has folded leaves

Leaves purplish-pink, nearly round with
plantlets at the tip

This weed has been included in the WEEDeck field guide as card H14.
More information about WEEDeck is available from Sainty & Associates Pty. Ltd.

It has also been included in the 'Jumping the Garden Fence' report (WWF-Australia PDF - 1.19mb) which examines the impact of invasive garden plants on Australian agricultural land and natural ecosystems.

 

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