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Illustrated Handbook of Succulent Plants: Crassulaceae

  • Urs Eggli
  • With 341 superb colour photographs

  • The complete family is described, including keys to genera, typification and distribution data of all accepted taxa

  • Full synonymy and literature references are given

  • Ideally suited to the committed collector of succulent plants


Part of the Illustrated Handbook of Succulent Plants book series (SUCCPLANTS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. Urs Eggli
    Pages 1-3
  3. Urs Eggli
    Pages 5-374
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 375-506

About this book


The Illustrated Handbook of Succulent Plants represents the first comprehensive taxonomic treatment of succulents in thirty years. It covers over 9000 taxa of all succulents except Cactaceae.

The Crassulaceae (stonecrop family) volume presents the first complete treatment of the family for many decades. The family is a very diverse group, and plants range from tiny insignificant annual herbs to perennial shrubs and trees. Many of the species have attractive flowers. The entire family consists of 33 genera and 23 hybrid genera with a total of 1410 species and 305 infraspecific taxa. The largest genus is Sedum (stonecrop, wallpepper) with 428 species. Other large genera are Aeonium (36 species), Crassula (195 species), Dudleya (47 species), Echeveria (139 species), Kalanchoe (144 species), Rhodiola (58 species), Sempervivum (63 species), and Tylecodon (46 species). A key to all genera is included. The descriptions of all accepted taxa are supplemented with typification and distribution data, full synonymy, literature references and 341 colour photos.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Urs Eggli
    • 1
  1. 1.Sukkulenten-Sammlung ZürichZürichSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Illustrated Handbook of Succulent Plants: Crassulaceae
  • Editors Urs Eggli
  • Series Title Illustrated Handbook of Succulent Plants
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-540-41965-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-62629-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-55874-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 506
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Plant Systematics/Taxonomy/Biogeography
    Plant Ecology
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