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Sedum caespitosum (Cav.) DC.
Family Crassulaceae
Common name: Tiny Stonecrop, Broad-leaved Stonecrop

Sedum caespitosum (Cav.) DC. APNI*

Synonyms: Crassula caespitosa Cav. APNI*
Sedum rubrum (L.) Thell. APNI*

Description: Erect annual herb 1–5 (-6) cm high, single-stemmed or with several branches, glabrous, green to reddish.

Leaves succulent, broadly ovate-oblong to ± elliptic, (2-) 3–6 mm long, often overlapping, sessile, caducous.

Flowers in short terminal cymes, sessile, 4- or 5-merous; sepals ovate to triangular, to c. 1 mm long; petals lanceolate, acute-pointed, mucronate, to c. 3 mm long, white often tinted pink.

Photo R. Miller

Photo P.G. Kodela

Photo R. Miller

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Photo R. Miller

Flowering: Spring–Summer.

Distribution and occurrence: Naturalised near Orange (CT) and SW of Goulburn (ST). Native of Europe.

Disturbed roadsides (including road verge and mowed area near carpark); exposed open and grassy areas. Occurs naturally overseas in skeletal soils, often in rocky or stony areas.
NSW subdivisions: *CT, *ST
Other Australian states: *Vic.
AVH map***

Roadside weed recorded in 2009 (Lucknow near Orange) and 2014 (Hume Hwy near Goulburn); localised but common, forming dense colonies (Robert Miller, Oct 2014, pers. comm.); has ability to spread extensively. For further details see Kodela, P.G. (2015) Sedum caespitosum (Crassulaceae) naturalised in New South Wales, Australia. Telopea 18: 436-438.

Text by P.G. Kodela (Dec 2009; updated Nov 2014)
Taxon concept: H.R. Toelken et al., Crassulaceae, Flora of Victoria 3: 542-554 (1996)

APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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