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Sedella pumila

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, Bruce G. Baldwin.
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.
eFlora Treatment Author: Steve Boyd
Reference: Moran 1997 Haseltonia 5:53--60
Unabridged Reference: Eggli 1992 Bradleya 10:83
Sedella pumila (Benth.) Britton & Rose
Habit: Plant (1)2--17 cm, branches generally several (0), erect or spreading, at same level as main axis. Leaf: (2)4--7 mm, 1--3 mm wide. Flower: calyx base tapered to pedicel, sepals 0.5--0.8 mm, 0.3--0.4 mm wide; petals spreading in flower, erect in fruit, (2)2.5--5 mm, 0.3--1.2 mm wide, elliptic to lanceolate, acute, pale to bright yellow; stamens 10, anthers 0.2--0.4 mm, yellow or red-brown; pistils 1--2 mm, stipitate-glandular near suture and on angles, often with fringed row of papillae on suture, styles erect, or, when short, often recurved, 0.3--1.2 mm. Fruit: 1.2--2.5 mm, erect to ascending (spreading), glabrous to glandular adaxially. Seed: 0.8--1.5 mm. Chromosomes: n=9.
Ecology: Open, often wet sites, rock outcrops, clay soils, vernal pools; Elevation: 30--1500 m. Bioregional Distribution: se NCoRO, NCoRI, CaRF, SNF, c SNH, GV, SCoRI; Distribution Outside California: OR. Flowering Time: Mar--May
Synonyms: Parvisedum congdonii (Eastw.) R.T. Clausen; Parvisedum pumilum (Benth.) R.T. Clausen; Sedella congdonii (Eastw.) Britton & Rose; Sedum congdonii Eastw.
Jepson eFlora Author: Steve Boyd
Reference: Moran 1997 Haseltonia 5:53--60
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Citation for this treatment: Steve Boyd 2012, Sedella pumila, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, /eflora/eflora_display.php?tid=43953, accessed on June 15, 2021.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2021, Jepson eFlora,, accessed on June 15, 2021.

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