Sedum nevii

A. Gray

Mem. Amer. Acad. Arts, n. s. 6: 373. 1858,.

Treatment appears in FNA Volume 8. Treatment on page 203. Mentioned on page 200, 204.

Herbs, perennial, tufted, glabrous. Stems decumbent, branched, bearing terminal rosettes (primary rosettes usually 1 cm diam.). Leaves alternate, spreading, petiolate; blade green or grayish green, not glaucous, narrowly rhombic-elliptic, oblanceolate, or spatulate, sub-terete, 6–11 × 2.5–3.2 mm, base with simple, short spur, not scarious, apex rounded, (surfaces papillose marginally). Flowering shoots erect or pendent, simple, 6–8.5 cm; leaf blades narrowly elliptic or linear, (8.5–18 × 0.7–5.4 mm), base short-spurred; offsets not formed. Inflorescences cymes, 5–30-flowered, 3-branched; branches not recurved, sometimes dichotomously forked; bracts similar to leaves, smaller. Pedicels absent or to 0.5 mm. Flowers 4-merous; sepals spreading, slightly connate basally, green, linear or linear-lanceolate, unequal, 3–8.5 × 0.5–2 mm, apex obtuse; petals spreading, distinct, white, lanceolate, carinate, 3.5–7 mm, apex acute; filaments white; anthers red; nectar scales white, subquadrate or square. Carpels stellate in fruit, distinct, brown. 2n = 12.

Phenology: Flowering spring.
Habitat: On living mats of mosses and lichens on rocks of quartzite and gneiss, crevices and ledges of cliffs, sometimes talus
Elevation: 1000 m


Sedum nevii has conspicuous lips along the adaxial suture of mature follicles. R. T. Clausen (1975) considered it to be closely related to S. glaucophyllum and possibly conspecific with it; S. nevii has narrower leaves and is not glaucous. Flavonoid chemistry and seed coat morphology support recognizing S. nevii and S. glaucophyllum as separate species (P. J. Calie 1981).

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Lower Taxa