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LITOREUM Gussone, 1826

Synonyms :

Sedum littoreum  hort. (s.a.)

Sedum rhytidocalyx  P. Candargy (1897).


Distribution : Throughout most of the central and eastern Mediterranean region incl. the Near East, southern Europe and the Cyrenaica, and also reported from the French Atlantic coast; common in rocky places in the littoral zone.



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


Glabrous erect annual herbs 1 - 15 cm tall, usually simple or branched from the base


Leaves alternate, oblong-elliptic to obovate, obtuse, semiterete or terete, without basal spur, to 10 mm or more, bright green.


Inflorescences (1- to) 2- (to 4-) branched cymes with (2-) 7 - 13 (-25) sessile flowers, bracts 2 per flower.


FIowers 5-merous, subsessile, sepals broadly sessile, 1.8 - 2 mm, basally connate, strongly unequal, petals pale yellow or greenish, spreading, filaments yellow, glabrous, anthers red (rarely yellow).



This is the type of the monotypic Ser. Litorea 't Hart ('t Hart 1991). S. cilicicum is a close ally.


2 varieties :

Sedum litoreum var. creticum 't Hart, 1996

Sedum litoreum var. litoreum

Observations on Sedum litoreum Gussone at Mont-Rose (Marseilles-Bouches du Rhône-France)
Observations de Sedum litoreum gussone au Mont-Rose (Marseille-Bouches du Rhône-France

by Éric Barbier

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