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ERIOCARPUM Sibthorp & Smith, 1809

Synonym : Sedum glaucum var. eriocarpum (Smith) Boissier (1872)


Distribution : Greece, Aegean Region, Turkey (Southern Anatolia), Cyprus, Near East.



Description (by 't Hart & Bleij in IHSP 2003) :


Erect annual herbs, ± glandular-pubescent


Leaves basally in whorls of 4, alternate above, broadly elliptic to linear, obtuse to subacute, glaucous.


Inflorescences terminal, usually densely glandular-pubescent, bracteate cymes with (1-) 2 - 3 (-5) cincinni.


FIowers  5-merous, sessile or shortly pedicellate, sepals broadly sessile, basally connate, equal, triangular, 1 - 1,5 mm, acute, petals free, narrowly oblong or lanceolate to broadly ovate-elliptic, 4 - 7 mm, spreading, keel often red abaxially, filaments white, anthers bright red, brick-red or purple, rarely yellow, to 1 mm.


A very variable species, in particular in Greece and the Aegean région. Several segregate taxa have been classified as species but given the variation of the discriminating characters, the subtlety of the differences, and our imperfect knowledge of the precise distribution of these taxa, the rank of sub-species seems more appropriate.


Sedum eriocarpum ssp. apertiflorum

Sedum eriocarpum ssp. caricum

Sedum eriocarpum ssp. cycladicum

Sedum eriocarpum ssp. delicum

Sedum eriocarpum ssp. epiroticum

Sedum eriocarpum ssp. eriocarpum

Sedum eriocarpum ssp. orientale

Sedum eriocarpum ssp. porphyreum

Sedum eriocarpum ssp. spathulifolium


See also Sedum hispanicum, S. pallidum, S. pentapetalum, S. rubens

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