This very red stand of Crassula nudicaulis was seen next to the road in the south of Namaqualand in August. The leaves on the few short branches don’t venture far from the main stem, but the inflorescence stands tall like the overly ambitious steeple of a modest little church. The small, creamy flowers grow in spaced clusters of the elongated inflorescence.
There are three varieties of C. nudicaulis. All occur in the Northern Cape, while var. herrei is restricted to that province alone. Var. platyphylla and var. nudicaulis are more widely distributed in South Africa, the latter not endemic to the country (http://redlist.sanbi.org).