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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.


Melinda F. Denton

Generally per from rhizomes or stout, scaly caudex, generally glabrous
Leaves sessile, generally alternate, generally obovate to spoon-shaped
Inflorescence generally raceme- to panicle-like
Flower: sepals 4–5, free to fused below, < petals, obtuse to long-tapered; petals 4–5, free or fused below, erect to spreading; stamens 8 or 10, in 2 whorls, barely epipetalous; pistils 4–5, free or fused below,
Fruit erect or spreading
Seeds many, elliptic, often winged at both ends
Etymology: (Latin: to assuage, from healing properties of houseleek, to which Sedum was applied by some authors)
Reference: [Denton 1982 Brittonia 34:48–77]


S. spathulifolium Hook.

Plant 5–22 cm, glabrous, often glaucous; rosettes 1–6 cm diam, internodes between leaves generally 1–2 mm
Leaves: rosette leaves 11–22 mm, outer >> inner, widest 2–5 mm below tip, 1–2 mm thick, rounded to obtuse; cauline leaves 6–11 mm, elliptic, base truncate
Inflorescence 3–8 cm, 5–48-flowered
Flower: petals 5–8 mm, ± erect to widely spreading, lanceolate, acute, yellow; anthers yellow or red-brown
Fruit 4–8 mm, erect until mature, then strongly spreading
Seed ± 1 mm
Chromosomes: n=15
Ecology: Outcrops, often in shade
Elevation: 50–2500 m.
Bioregional distribution: Northwestern California, Cascade Range, Sierra Nevada, Central Western California, Transverse Ranges
Distribution outside California: to British Columbia
Variable and intergrading complex
Synonyms: subspp. anomalum (Britton) R.T. Clausen & C.Uhl, pruinosum (Britton) R.T. Clausen & C. Uhl; S. purdyi Jeps
Horticultural information: DRN: 4, 5, 6 &IRR: 1, 17, 24 &SHD: 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23; CVS.

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