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CRASSULACEAE

STONECROP FAMILY

Annual to subshrubs, fleshy
Leaves generally simple, generally basal and cauline, alternate or opposite, generally reduced upward
Inflorescence: generally cyme, generally bracted
Flower: sepals generally 3–5, generally ± free; petals generally 3–5, ± free or fused; stamens = to >> sepals, free or epipetalous; pistils generally 3–5, simple (sometimes fused at base), ovary 1-chambered, placenta 1, parietal, ovules 1–many, style 1
Fruit: follicles generally 3–5
Seeds 1–many, small
Genera in family: ± 30 genera, ± 1500 species: ± worldwide, especially dry temp; many cultivated for ornamental. Family description and generic key by Melinda F. Denton and Reid Moran.

RHODIOLA

Reid Moran

Perennial from short, scaly caudex, glabrous, dioecious or not
Leaves cauline, sessile, alternate, entire to toothed
Inflorescence branched cyme
Flower: sepals 4–5, fused below; petals 4–5, ± free; stamens 8 or 10, epipetalous; pistils 4–5, free or fused below,
Fruit erect
Seeds many, < 3 mm, brown, striate
Species in genus: 36 species: N temp
Etymology: Greek: rhodon, a rose, referring to the rose-scented roots

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