Hylotelephium telephioides

(Michaux) H. Ohba

Bot. Mag. (Tokyo) 90: 53. 1977 ,.

Common names: Live-forever American orpine
Basionym: Sedum telephioides Michaux Fl. Bor.-Amer. 1: 277. 1803
Synonyms: Anacampseros telephioides (Michaux) Haworth
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 8. Treatment on page 162.

Stems 2–4(–6) dm × 3–10 mm, from short rootstocks with pale brown, stout roots. Leaves opposite or mostly alternate, sessile or short-petiolate, becoming scarcely smaller distally; blade green or yellow-green, often glaucous, ovate to obovate, oblanceolate, or spatulate, 2–11 × 0.5–4.5 cm, base cuneate, margins entire to remotely or coarsely dentate, apex acute to rounded. Cymes lax, 3–15 cm diam. Pedicels ca. 2 mm. Flowers fertile, 5–16 mm diam.; sepals lanceolate, 2–4 mm; petals white or pink-tinged to pinkish, with greenish keel, 4–8 mm; stamens 5, ca. 1/2 as long as petals; pistils 5, 3–4 mm; styles 1.5–2 mm; nectaries pinkish, quadrate, 0.5–1 mm, wider than long. 2n = 24.

Phenology: Flowering summer.
Habitat: On rocks, ledges and crevices of cliffs, rocky slopes, crests of bluffs, rocky woods
Elevation: 50-2000 m


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Ont., Ill., Ind., Ky., Md., Mich., Minn., N.C., Ohio, Pa., S.C., Va., W.Va.


Hylotelephium telephioides is a rare escape from cultivation, where it is not native in the flora area. R. T. Clausen (1975) discredited reports of this plant for Georgia and New York.

Selected References


Lower Taxa

Reid V. Moran +
(Michaux) H. Ohba +
Sedum telephioides +
Live-forever +  and American orpine +
Ont. +, Ill. +, Ind. +, Ky. +, Md. +, Mich. +, Minn. +, N.C. +, Ohio +, Pa. +, S.C. +, Va. +  and W.Va. +
50-2000 m +
On rocks, ledges and crevices of cliffs, rocky slopes, crests of bluffs, rocky woods +
Flowering summer. +
Bot. Mag. (Tokyo) +
Anacampseros telephioides +
Hylotelephium telephioides +
Hylotelephium +
species +