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A genus of southern African succulent plants of the family Crassulaceae (now usually included in Crassula), which have leathery leaves and clusters of white, pink, or red flowers; (also rochea) a plant of this genus, especially one grown for ornament.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Curtis's Botanical Magazine. From scientific Latin Rochea, genus name from the name of Daniel de la Roche, French botanist + scientific Latin -a.
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