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Kalanchoe beharensis
Drake, Crassulaceae
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Present on Pacific Islands?  yes

Primarily a threat at high elevations?  no

Risk assessment results:  Evaluate, score: 4 (Go to the risk assessment)

Other Latin names:  Kalanchoe van-tieghemii Raym.-Hamet

Habit:  herb

Description:  "Stem slender, knotted, up to 1.5 m high, glabrous below, woolly-hairy towards the apex; leaves decussate, stalked 3-4 cm long (longer with age), triangular-lanceolate, 10 (-20) cm long, (5-10) cm wide, fleshy, older leaves concave on the upper surface and the lower leaf tips longer drawn out, back surface convex, margins doubly crenate, olivaceous green, on both surfaces with dense woolly brown hairs, the tips of the teeth darker brown hairy, hairs on the stems and younger leaves and petioles white; inflorescence terminal, 50-60 cm high, forming a lax and intricately branched corymb, hairy, flowers on short pedicels, calyx 7 mm long, 4-anged at the base, lobes oblong, acuminate, corolla tube urn-shaped, 7 mm long, lobes oblong, rounded, 4 mm long" (Jacobsen, 1960; pp. 641-642).

Habitat/ecology:  Full sun to shade; needs little water (Desert Tropicals).

Propagation:  Stem cuttings, leaf cuttings, layering, seeds (Desert Tropicals).

Native range:  Madagascar (Jacobsen, 1960; pp. 641-642).


Country/Terr./St. &
Island group
Location Cited status &
Cited as invasive &
Cited as cultivated &
Cited as aboriginal introduction?
Reference &
French Polynesia
Society Islands
Tahiti Island introduced
Florence, J./Chevillotte, H./Ollier, C./Meyer, J.-Y. (2013)
French Polynesia
Austral (Tubuai) Islands
Tubuai Island introduced
Florence, J./Chevillotte, H./Ollier, C./Meyer, J.-Y. (2013)
State of Hawaii
Hawaiian Islands
O‘ahu Island introduced
Lau, Alex/Frohlich, Danielle (2012) (p. 14)
Voucher cited: D. Frohlich and A. Lau OED 2008100301 (BISH)

Control:  If you know of control methods for Kalanchoe beharensis, please let us know.

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This page was created on 10 FEB 2005 and was last updated on 19 OCT 2006.