Kalanchoe

 

Although Kalanchoe is a large genus of succulents and has a very wide distribution area: all of Africa south of the Sahara desert, Madagascar, islands of the Indian Ocean, India and Malaysia. Most of the species interesting to collectors are coming from Madagascar or South Africa. These species are generally subshrubs with succulent leaves. The genera Bryophyllum and Kitchingia are generally now included in Kalanchoe.

Contrarily to other members of the family that have most flower parts in multiple of 5, Kalanchoe flowers have 4 connected petals forming a tube, 4 sepals, 4 carpels, and 8 stamens.

A number of species can take temperature close to freezing for short times, but none will really tolerate any frost. The species that have pubescent (fuzzy) leaves can generally tolerate Phoenix intense heat without trouble particularly if kept in light shade. The species with smooth leaves are a little less tolerant, but fare generally better than most other crassulaceae in such hot conditions.

In general, Kalanchoe do better with bright shade, although some species are comfortable with some direct sun, while others tolerate shade.

Species and varieties
Kalanchoe beharensis (Felt Plant, Felt Bush)
Kalanchoe blossfeldiana (Kalanchoe)
Kalanchoe bracteata
Kalanchoe crundallii
Kalanchoe eriophylla
Kalanchoe flammea
Kalanchoe gastonis-bonnieri (Donkey Ears, Life Plant)
Kalanchoe kewensis
Kalanchoe lateritia
Kalanchoe linearifolia
Kalanchoe longiflora
Kalanchoe manginii
Kalanchoe marmorata (Penwiper Plant)
Kalanchoe millotii
Kalanchoe orgyalis
Kalanchoe pinnata (Air Plant)
Kalanchoe rhombopilosa
Kalanchoe synsepala (Cup Kalanchoe, Walking Kalanchoe)
Kalanchoe synsepala f. dissecta (Cup Kalanchoe, Walking Kalanchoe)
Kalanchoe thyrsiflora (Paddle Plant)
Kalanchoe tomentosa (Panda Plant, Pussy Ears)
Kalanchoe ambrensis synonym of Bryophyllum uniflorum
Kalanchoe beauverdii synonym of Bryophyllum beauverdii (Sotre-Sotry)
Kalanchoe brachycalyx synonym of Kalanchoe synsepala (Cup Kalanchoe, Walking Kalanchoe)
Kalanchoe coccinea var. blossfeldiana synonym of Kalanchoe blossfeldiana (Kalanchoe)
Kalanchoe costantinii synonym of Bryophyllum beauverdii (Sotre-Sotry)
Kalanchoe daigremontiana synonym of Bryophyllum daigremontianum (Mother of Thousands)
Kalanchoe delagoensis synonym of Bryophyllum tubiflorum (Chandelier plant)
Kalanchoe dissecta synonym of Kalanchoe synsepala f. dissecta (Cup Kalanchoe, Walking Kalanchoe)
Kalanchoe englerii synonym of Bryophyllum fedtschenkoi (Kalanchoe Stonecrop, Lavender-Scallops)
Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi synonym of Bryophyllum fedtschenkoi (Kalanchoe Stonecrop, Lavender-Scallops)
Kalanchoe gentyi synonym of Kalanchoe synsepala (Cup Kalanchoe, Walking Kalanchoe)
Kalanchoe grandiflora synonym of Kalanchoe marmorata (Penwiper Plant)
Kalanchoe jueli synonym of Bryophyllum beauverdii (Sotre-Sotry)
Kalanchoe milloti synonym of Kalanchoe millotii
Kalanchoe nadyae synonym of Kalanchoe bracteata
Kalanchoe prolifera synonym of Bryophyllum proliferum (Blooming Boxes)
Kalanchoe scandens synonym of Bryophyllum beauverdii (Sotre-Sotry)
Kalanchoe somaliensis synonym of Kalanchoe longiflora
Kalanchoe thrysiflora synonym of Kalanchoe thyrsiflora (Paddle Plant)
Kalanchoe trichantha synonym of Kalanchoe synsepala (Cup Kalanchoe, Walking Kalanchoe)
Kalanchoe tubiflora synonym of Bryophyllum tubiflorum (Chandelier plant)
Kalanchoe uniflora synonym of Bryophyllum uniflorum
Kalanchoe verticillata synonym of Bryophyllum tubiflorum (Chandelier plant)
Kalanchoe zimbabwensis synonym of Kalanchoe lateritia

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