Portulacaria afra. Small Leaf Jade or Elephant Plant - From a distance, crassula portulacaria has leaves that look like those on typical North American variegated trees and shrubs. Closer inspection reveals that the leaves are thick and fleshy, like their succulent family members. Succulent fans enjoy growing portulacaria because it's a low maintenance plant that often thrives on neglect. A well-established plant will even bloom.