Tasteless Stonecrop
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Tasteless Stonecrop
P Introduced Photo: Preetha P.S.
Common name: Tasteless Stonecrop
Botanical name: Sedum sexangulare    Family: Crassulaceae (Sedum family)
Synonyms: Sedum hexangulare, Sedum mite, Sedum schistosum

Tasteless Stonecrop is a perennial herb laxly many-stemmed, mat-forming, hairless. Stems are rising up, branched, not bearing rosettes. Leaves are alternate, densely overlapping on nonflowering shoots, usually in 6 rows, fewer on flowering shoots, stalkless; blade bright green, not glaucous, linear, almost round in cross-section, 3-6 x 0.8-2 mm, tip blunt. Flowers are 5(-6)-merous, larger than the leaves. Petals are spreading, distinct, bright yellow, lanceshaped, not carinate, 3-4 mm, tip pointed or tapering; filaments yellow; anthers yellow; nectar scales yellow, square. Sepals are erect, distinct, yellowish green, linear-elliptic, unequal, 0.8-1 x 0.4-0.5 mm, tip blunt. Flowers are borne in moderately lax cymes, 5-25-flowered, 2-3-branched; bracts similar to leaves, smaller. Flower-stalks are up to 0.5 mm. Flowering shoots are erect, simple or branched, 6-15 cm. Carpels divergent in fruit, distinct, dark brown. Tasteless Stonecrop is native to Europe, cultivated as a house succulent worldwide.

Identification credit: Preetha P.S. Photographed in cultivation in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

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