A. DC., Mem. Soc. Phys. et Hist. Nat. Genève 11:445-7 (1848) subsp. praealtum.
Synonymy: S. dendroideum DC. subsp, praealtum (A. DC.)R.T. Clausen, Sedum of the trans-Mexican volcanic belt 70 (1959). R. T. Clausen (1975), Sedum of North America 561, reinstated S. praealtum as a distinct species.
Common name: None
Shrubs to 60 cm high with flexuose to decumbent branches untidely interwoven; leaves only in terminal clusters, oblong-oblanceolate, 4-6 cm long, 1.5-2 cm broad, gradually tapering towards the base, obscurely pointed, dorsiventrally compressed to slightly concave above particularly above the main vein, fleshy, bright-green to yellowish-green, often tinged red along the margin.
Inflorescence a thyrse with 5-8 dichasia ending in monochasial branches (rarely monochasia only), 10-20 cm long, produced immediately above the leaves; flowers star-shaped; calyx lobes oblong-triangular, usually less than one-third of the petals, obtuse; petals scarcely fused at the base, 4-6 mm long, c. 2.5 mm broad, pointed, spreading, yellow; stamens erect, with those opposite the petals distinctly fused to them; nectary scale transversely oblong, leaning against the base of the carpel, fleshy, yellow.
Carpels slender, almost obconical, gradually tapering into the erect later spreading styles; ovary with many ovules.
Image source: fig 230b in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).|
Growing on usually dry slopes.
S.Aust.: NL, MU, SL. N.S.W. Native of north-eastern Mexico.
Flowering time: No flowering time is available
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