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Sedella pentandra

Higher Taxonomy
Family: CrassulaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Annual to shrub [(+- tree-like or climbing)], fleshy. Leaf: generally simple, alternate or opposite, in dense to open, basal (or terminal) rosettes or basal and cauline, not in rosettes, reduced distally or not, margin often +- red. Inflorescence: generally cyme, generally bracted. Flower: generally bisexual; sepals generally 3--5, generally +- free; petals generally 3--5, +- free or fused; stamens >> to = sepals, epipetalous or not; pistils generally 3--5, simple, fused at base or not, ovary 1-chambered, placenta 1, parietal, ovules 1--many, style 1. Fruit: follicles, generally 3--5. Seed: 1--many, small.
Genera In Family: +- 33 genera, +- 1400 species: +- worldwide, especially dry temperate; many cultivated for ornamental. Note: Water-stressed plants often +- brown or +- red. Consistent terminology regarding leaves, bracts difficult; in taxa with rosettes (e.g., Aeonium, Dudleya, some Sedum), structures in rosettes are leaves, those on peduncles are bracts, and those subtending flowers are flower bracts; in taxa where inflorescence is terminal, rosette leaves may "become" bracts as stem rapidly elongates to form inflorescence. Seed numbers given per follicle.
eFlora Treatment Author: Steve Boyd, except as noted
Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.
Genus: SedellaView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Annual, erect, glabrous, branches 0 or near base. Leaf: early-deciduous, sessile, 0.4--0.7 cm, oblong-elliptic to ovoid (obovoid), basal opposite, free, not fused around stem, cauline alternate, entire, tip rounded to obtuse. Inflorescence: terminal, flowers 1--2+ in 0--3-branched cyme, subsessile. Flower: sepals 5; petals 5, +- fused at base, linear to narrow-ovate, pale to bright or green-yellow, midrib often +- red; stamens 5 or 10, anthers 0.2--0.4 mm, yellow or red-brown; pistils 5, oblong, bases rounded, styles 0.2--1.2 mm, erect or recurved, stigmas +- 0.1 mm diam. Fruit: +- indehiscent, utricle-like, erect to outcurved, glabrous or glandular. Seed: 1, 0.7--2 mm, club-like, brown.
Species In Genus: 3 species: California. Etymology: (Latin: diminutive of Sedum) Note: Parvisedum is a superfluous name for Sedella.

Sedella pentandra H. Sharsm.
Habit: Plant 2--13 cm, simple, erect, or branches 1--4, ascending, exceeded by main axis. Leaf: 4--7 mm, 2--3 mm wide. Flower: calyx base abruptly narrowed to pedicel, sepals 0.5--0.8 mm, 0.3--0.5 mm wide; petals ascending in flower, erect with tips +- touching in fruit, 1.3--2 mm, 0.5--0.8 mm wide, lance-ovate, pale green-yellow, with red streaks abaxially or not; stamens 5, anthers +- 0.2 mm, yellow; pistils 1 mm, stipitate-glandular, styles erect, 0.2--0.4 mm. Fruit: 1--1.5 mm, erect, densely stipitate-glandular. Seed: 0.7--0.9 mm. Chromosomes: n=9.
Ecology: Compacted ground, slate, shale, sandstone or serpentine outcrops; Elevation: 300--700 m. Bioregional Distribution: NCoRI, e ScV, ne SnJV, s SCoRO, SCoRI. Flowering Time: Mar--Jun
Synonyms: Parvisedum pentandrum (H. Sharsm.) R.T. Clausen
eFlora Treatment Author: Steve Boyd
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Citation for this treatment: Steve Boyd 2016. Sedella pentandra, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 05, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 05, 2016.

Sedella pentandra
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Sedella pentandra
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Sedella pentandra
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Sedella pentandra
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© 2003 Keir Morse
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© 2003 Keir Morse

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Geographic subdivisions for Sedella pentandra:
NCoRI, e ScV, ne SnJV, s SCoRO, SCoRI.
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