LIEVENII   (Ledebour) Berger, 1930

Synonyms :

Cotyledon lievenii  Ledebour (1830) / Umbilicus lievenii  (Ledebour) Ledebour (1843) / Sedum lievenii  (Ledebour) Hamet (1929)

Sedum inderiense Fischer ex O. & B.Fedtschenko (1911) (nom. inval.).

Distribution : Russia (west Siberia : Altai foothills), central Asia : Kazakhstan (Caspian, Aralian and Balkash deserts, Betpakdala, Mujunkum, Zaisan hollow, Dzungar and Transili Alatau, Chu-Ili Mts., Karatau), Kirgizia (Kungei, Kirgiz Alatau), Tadzhikistan (Mogoltau), Uzbekistan (Kyzyl Kum, Tashkent Alatau, west Pamir and Alai regions), west Mongolia, Tibet, west China (north Xinjiang) ; stony, clayey and saline soils, mostly around lakes in (semi-) deserts. 

Description (according to H. 't Hart & V. V. Byalt in IHSP, 2003) :

Rhizome robust with many slender fascicular ± branched roots to 2 mm diameter.

Leaves linear, 0,5 - 2 cm.

Flowering branches 1 to 4, 20 - 25 (-30) cm.

Inflorescences corymbiform, with approximate branches, elongated at fruit time, bracts oblong or lanceolate, ± 2 mm, pedicels 1 - 2 mm.

Flowers 5- or 6-merous, sepals subacute, to 3 mm, corolla funnel-shaped or campanulate, 10 - 12 mm long, pink, nectary scales with cordate narrow base, fruit lanceolate, 7 - 10 mm.

Flowering time : April to June.

Plant in situ, Southern Kazakhstan, Syrdarjinskyi Karatau Range, Kujuk Pass

Photo © Eugene Davkaev (Montarano Nature Photography)

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