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Mother of Thousands (Mexican Hat, Chandelier Plant, Devils Backbone, Alligator Plant)

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  • Common Name: Mother of Thousands (Mexican Hat, Chandelier Plant, Devils Backbone, Alligator Plant)
  • Latin Name: Kalanchoe daigremontiana, syn. Bryophyllum daigremontianum; Kalanchoe delagoensis, syn. K. tubiflora
  • Family Name: Crassulaceae
This plant produces small plantlets on the edges of its leaves that drop to the ground and quickly take hold, and it therefore has the potential to become invasive.  It contains the cardiac glycoside diagremontianin, which can affect the nervous and muscular systems of small animals, and is said to be the cause of fatalities in cattle in South Africa, so it is probably not one to offer to tortoises. 

Although Angulate and Leopard tortoises have been observed eating this plant in the wild, we would not recommend actively feeding it to your tortoise because of reasons stated above.

See also *Flaming Katy*, *Panda Plant*, *Paddle Plant*.

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