Native to:-
Algeria, Baleares, Cape Provinces, Central European Rus, Corse, Cyprus, France, Free State, Greece, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kriti, KwaZulu-Natal, Lebanon-Syria, Lesotho, Libya, Morocco, Northern Provinces, Palestine, Portugal, Sicilia, South European Russi, Spain, Tunisia, Ukraine, Xinjiang


Common Names:- None

Synonyms:- Bulliarda vaillantii, Hydrophila vaillantii, Tillaea vaillantii,
illaeastrum vaillantii

Meaning:- Crassula (L) Succuulent-little-plant.
                  Vaillantii (L) For French botanist Sébastien Vaillant (1669-1722), who
worked at the Jardin des Plantes in Paris and took a particular interest in
General description:- Laxly branched, slender annual.

1) 2-6 cm, erect or ascending.

1) 2-4(-6) mm, linear-oblong, semi~terete or somewhat flattened, obtuse, bright
    green to reddish.

1) 4-merous, solitary or paired; on slender pedicels longer than the leaves, forming
    small, irregular cymes.
2) Petals longer than the sepals, ovate-lanceolate, acute, pink or white.

1) Ripe follicles divergent, each with 8-12 seeds.

Key features:-
1) Petals longer than the sepals.
2) Leaves obtuse; flowers in cymes.
3) Follicles usually with 8-12 seeds.

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Habitat:- Seasonally wet, sandyand loamy places,small depressions, rock pools,
0-500m, mainly on non-calcareous substrates

Distribution:- Rare in Peloponnisos, and SW mainland Greece, also reported from
Strofades S of Zakinthos - Scattered in S & SE Europe. On Crete currently known
only from the island of Gavdos

Flowering time:- Apl-May.

Photos by:- Dr. Armin Jagel