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GRACILE   C.A.Meyer, 1831

Synonyms :

Sedum gracile var. majus  C.A.Meyer (1831)

Sedum gracile var. minus  C.A.Meyer (1831)

Sedum vuralianum  J.Metzger (1993).


Distribution : Turkey, Caucasus (e.g. Azerbaidzhan), northern Iran; stony places in the subalpine and alpine zones.



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


Glabrous tufted perennial herbs with creeping or ascending short rooting branches.


Leaves alternate, densely imbricate, sessile, spurred, linear-subulate to linear-oblong, 5 - 6 mm, subobtuse, bright green.


Inflorescences : Flowering branches usually simple, erect, to 7 (-10) cm tall, densely leafy, inflorescences dense bracteate cymes with 2 - 3 monochasial (rarely forked) branches.


FIowers 5-merous, sessile or subsessile, sepals broadly sessile, basally connate, elliptic or broadly triangular, 1 - 2 mm, subobtuse, petals lanceolate, ± 4 mm, acuminate, white, sometimes suffused with pink or with reddish keels, filaments white, anthers red.


Cytology: 2n = 12.


Never found much below 1800m. Habitat in June shown (Ovitdagi Pass) in the Euxine Alps. In less than two weeks of snow melt, flowers are already in bud. (NE Turkey)

Ray Stephenson

Photo Dagmar Petrlikowa

Photo Ray Stephenson

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