Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Annual or perennial soft-wooded herbs or shrubs, more or less succulent, glabrous. Leaves usually alternate, often small and overlapping, usually sessile, borne in terminal clusters. Inflorescence a thyrse, usually with several dichasia each terminating in monochasial branches, rarely with only monochasia; peduncle sometimes scape-like. Sepals 4–5(–9), fleshy, free or basally fused, sometimes spurred; petals 4–5(–8), spreading, free or basally fused, yellow, white or pink; stamens usually twice as many as petals, in 1 or 2 whorls, shorter than petals; carpels usually free, each with many ovules. Seeds with longitudinal ridges, usually tuberculate.

About 600 species, widely distributed mostly in the Northern Hemisphere; 4 species naturalised in Australia.

Source: Toelken, H.R.; Jeanes, J.A.; Stajsic, V. (1996). Crassulaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder [Saxifraganae]
order Saxifragales
family Crassulaceae
Higher taxa
genus Sedum
Subordinate taxa