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EBRACTEATUM  DC, 1828

Synonym : Sedastrum ebracteatum  (DC) Rose (1905)

 

Distribution : Mexico (widespread from Durango to Puebla and Oaxaca, also in Veracruz)

 

 

Description (according to 't Hart & Bleij in IHSP, 2003) :

 

Perennial herbs with dense rosettes and secondary shoots near the base of the flowering branches.

 

Roots ± fusiform and thickish.

 

Leaves of the rosette alternate, suborbicular to spatulate-oblong, rounded to obtuse or subacute, pubescent, light greenish, 10 – 42 x 8 – 28 mm.

 

Leaves of flowering branches amplexicaul, ovate to oblong, ± cordate, pubescent 4 – 50 mm long (larger than those of the rosette), flowering branches erect, 17 – 25 cm.

 

Inflorescences lax panicles.

 

Flowers 5-merous, sessile, with musky scent, sepals broadly sessile, basally connate, equal or unequal, ovate, acute or obtuse, glabrous or minutely pubescent, 3 – 5 x 1.8 – 3.6 mm, erect, petals basally connate, ovate or elliptic-ovate, acute, mucronate, white, ± 6 mm, recurved, anthers yellow.

Flowering time in habitat : October. 

Cytology : 2n = 40, 41, 80, 81, 82, 160, 161, 180 ± 10, 180 – 200, 200 ± 2, 210 ± 2, 210 – 220, 200 ± 10, 230 – 240, 236 ± 3, 240, 250 ± 10, 280 – 300.

 

 

Fröderström distinguished 2 varieties : var. rubricaule with sepals of equal length, and var. ebracteatum with unequal sepals. Here, the classification of Clausen is followed.

 

 

Two subspecies :

 

Sedum ebracteatum ssp. ebracteatum 

 

Sedum ebracteatum ssp. grandifolium  R.T.Clausen, 1946




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