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GLABRIFOLIUM   Borissova, 1939

Distribution : NE Turkey (NE Anatolia); igneous conglomerates, 300 - 730 m.

Section Sempervivum


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

Rosettes 1 - 6 cm in diameter, stolons numerous.

Leaves ovate-lanceolate to spatulate, acute, glabrous, with few scattered glandular hairs when young, strongly pectinate-ciliate, olive green, shiny, outer leaves conspicuously flushed with purple in the upper half, ± 10 x 5 mm.

Flowering branches to 15 cm, leaves more elongated, glabrous, upper leaves glandular-pubescent.

Inflorescences many-flowered, corymbiform, bracts lanceolate, pedicels 1 -2 mm.

Flowers 10- 14-merous, sepals connate for up to 1 mm, ovate, subobtuse, strongly incurved, petals linear to lanceolate-linear, acute, pale yellow or greenish, 6 - 7 mm, filaments white to yellow, anthers yellow, styles long, erect.

Allied to S. armenum, but much smaller and with white filaments. 

See also  : Alan C. Smith, The Genus Sempervivum and Jovibarba, 1980

Çoruh Valley before the great flood. Late May 2006 :

Photos Ray Stephenson

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