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Family: Crassulaceae

Citation: L., Sp. Pl. 430 (1753).

Derivation: Thought to be from Latin sedare, to soothe; the cool succulent leaves were used to soothe. Others derive the name from Latin sedere, to sit or hold fast; many species cling to rocks or walls.

Synonymy: Not Applicable

Common name: Stonecrops.

Perennial shrubs, soft-wooded; leaves alternate, borne in terminal clusters.

Inflorescence a thyrse, usually with several dichasia each terminating in monochasial branches, rarely only monochasia; peduncle sometimes scape-like but with leaves gradually becoming shorter and more widely spaced below the inflorescence; flowers 5-8-merous; sepals connate, fleshy; petals usually scarcely connate to one another and the base of the filaments, spreading; stamens in 2 whorls of equal length.

Carpels free, each with numerous ovules; seeds with vertical ridges usually tuberculate.

Distribution:  The biggest genus in the family with an estimated 300 species which are widely distributed mainly over the Northern Hemisphere.

Biology: No text

Key to Species:
1. Leaves oblanceolate, 15-20 mm broad; flowers yellow
S. praealtum 1.
1. Leaves linear-elliptic, 2-3 (rarely to 4) mm broad; flowers cream
S. sediforme 2.

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