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Genus Sedum Family Crassulaceae

Description: Glabrous, ± succulent perennial herbs or shrubs, decumbent to ascending, often mat-forming with ascending stems.

Leaves usually alternate, often small and overlapping, commonly sessile.

Flowers mostly 5-merous, arranged in small spreading cymes. Sepals free or fused basally, sometimes spurred. Petals free or fused basally. Stamens twice as many as petals, in 1 or 2 whorls, hypogynous, shorter than petals. Carpels usually separate.

Follicles acute to acuminate.


Distribution and occurrence: World: c. 600 species, Europe & tropical America. Australia: 4 species (naturalized), N.S.W., Vic., Tas.

Text by J. Everett & E. H. Norris
Taxon concept:

Taxa not yet included in identification key
Sedum caespitosum

 Key to the species 
1Flowers white or rarely pinkSedum album
Flowers yellow2
2Leaves 30–50 mm long, spathulateSedum praealtum
Leaves not as above
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3
3Leaves linear-terete, 6–12 mm long; flowers usually 7-merousSedum rupestre
Leaves triangular to ovoid, to 5 mm long; flowers mostly 5-merous
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Sedum acre

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