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FRAGRANS  't Hart, 1983

Distribution : SE France (Alpes Maritimes), NW Italy (Piemont)

 

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

 

Fragile densely glandular-pubescent rosulate perennials producing short axillary stolons with small termial rosettes.

 

Leaves alternate, flat, spatulate or pseudopetiolate with a circular to broadly elliptic lamina, sometimes subsessile, to 15 (-20) x ± 8 mm, obtuse or rounded, green or more often reddish; flowering branches erect or ascending, usually simple, to 20 cm.

 

Inflorescences usually lax and few-flowered cymes with 1 – 2 cincinni, pedicels (4-) 7 (-9) mm.

 

Flowers 5-merous, (5-)6 (-7) mm in diameter, reflexed before anthesis, sepals broadly sessile, slightly unequal, linear-oblong to elliptic or triangular-ovate, 1 – 2 x 0.5 (-1) mm, petals basally connate for 0.8 – 1.4 mm, lobes broadly ovate to cordate, (2-) 2.5 (-3.5) x (1.7-) 2.2 (-3.5) mm, long acuminate, white, filaments white, anthers red.

 

Cytology : 2n = 20

 

To read more on this species : "A Troglodytic Succulent : Sedum fragrans" by Ray Stephenson

Published in Cactus and Succulent Journal US, vol. 84 (1), 2012

 

See also Sedum alsinefolium

Type locality, town of Tende



Cave entrance Cayros Valley.
The white flecks are natural limestone granules from the weathered ceiling of the cave.





Photos Ray Stephenson


Photo Margrit Bischofberger




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