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Synonyms :


Gormania spathulifolia  (Hooker) A.Love & D.Love (1985)

Echeveria spathulifolia  De Smet ex Morren (1874)


Distribution : Western Canada, western USA.



Description (according to IHSP, 2003) :


Glabrous perennial herbs with stout branched rhizomes and procumbent or creeping stems terminating in a rosette.


Leaves alternate, spatulate, rounded or truncate, submucronate, papillose marginally, 7.1 - 19.2 x 4.6 - 9.3 mm, green, often glaucous or pruinose.


Flowering branches erect, 3 - 14 cm.


Inflorescences: Cymes with ± 3 branches, bracts oblong-spatulate or linear, smaller than the leaves of flowering branches, pedicels to 8 mm.


FIowers 5-merous, sweetly fragant, sepals broadly sessile, basally connate, lanceolate, linear-Ianceolate, oblong-ovate, or obovate, acute or obtuse, green or yellow-green, glaucous or pruinose, ± 2.5 x 1.5mm, petals free or slightly basally connate, linear to oblanceolate, acute, yellow, ± 7 mm, basally erect, then widely spreading, filaments yellow, anthers yellow.


Cytology : 2n = 30

Four subspecies :

Sedum spathulifolium ssp. pruinosum  (Britton) Clausen & Uhl, 1944

Sedum spathulifolium ssp. purdyi  (Jepson) Clausen, 1975

Sedum spathulifolium ssp. spathulifolium

Sedum spathulifolium ssp. yosemitense  (Britton) Clausen, 1975



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