ERIOCARPUM ssp. ORIENTALE  't Hart, 2002

Synonyms :

Sedum palaestinum  Boissier (1849)

Sedum sanguineum  Boissier & Haussknecht (1872)


Distribution : Throughout the Near East : Southern Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Israel, Jordania, Iraq, Iran.



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


Shoots slender, 10 cm or more.


Leaves oblong or narrowly elliptic to broadly linear, terete to semiterete.


Inflorescences usually with 2 or 3 branches (rarely more).


Flowers : Petals ovate-elliptic to lanceolate, white, often pink or rose-coloured, anthers bright red, brick-red, or brownish-red, rarely yellowish.


Cytology: 2n = 10, 12, 14, 16, 20


Most probably S. palaestinum and S. sanguineum belong here. S. palaestinum is almost glabrous and allegedly has pale yellow petals. The most distinguishing character of S. sanguineum is its intense red colour.


This subspecies is much more widespread as it doesn't favour a particular rock type. Phototographs taken in a 30km radius of Fethiye (Turkey).
Ray Stephenson

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