Sedella pentandra

H. Sharsmith

Madroño 3: 240, plate 12, figs. 4, 5. 1936,.

Synonyms: Parvisedum pentandrum (H. Sharsmith) R. T. Clausen
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 8. Treatment on page 197. Mentioned on page 196.

Plants 0.3–1.3 dm, often with 1–4 ascending branches shorter than main axis; hypocotyl 1–2 cm. Stems 5–15-noded. Leaf blades 0.4–0.7 × 0.2–0.3 cm. Cymes 1–5-branched, 2–12-flowered, sometimes flowers solitary, 1–4 cm. Flowers 2–3 mm diam.; calyx base thickened for 1 mm; petals ascending, later appressed to utricles, pale greenish yellow or with dorsal red streak, ovate-lanceolate, 1.5–2 × 0.5–0.6 mm, apex acute; stamens 5; pistils 1 mm, adaxially stipitate-glandular; styles erect, 0.2–0.4 mm. Utricles erect and appressed, 1.2–1.5 mm. Seeds 0.7–0.9 mm. 2n = 18.

Phenology: Flowering spring.
Habitat: Thin soil on slate, shale, sandstone, or serpentine
Elevation: 300-700 m


M. W. Skinner and B. M. Pavlik (1994) considered Sedella pentandra for listing as rare in California but rejected it as too common.

Selected References


Lower Taxa