Sedum
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FRUTESCENS Rose, 1911

 

Distribution : Mexico (Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt); southern slopes.

 

 

Description (according to IHSP 2003) :

 

Perennial shrubs with stout stems with papery flaking bark and papillose twiglets.

 

Leaves alternate,elliptic-linear or -oblong, acute, sometimes oblanceolate-oblong and obtuse, rarely subemarginate, subterete, finely papillose marginally, 14 - 58 x 3 - 9 mm.

 

Inflorescences cymes with 2 or more branches, laxly paniculate.

 

Flowers 5- (to 6-) merous, sessile or subsessile, sepals basally free, shortly spurred, unequal, oblong, obtuse, green, 2.1 - 4.1 x 0.8 - 1.2 mm, erect, petals free near to the base, lanceolate to suboblong, subobtuse to acute, mucronate, carinate, white, with pale green or pink keel, ± 6.5 mm, spreading, anthers red, subglobose.

Cytology : 2n = 60








Sedum frutescens (left) compared with S. oxypetalum (right) :



Photos Noelene Tomlinson



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