Sedum praealtum subsp. praealtum

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Erect or decumbent perennial shrub to c. 1 m tall; stems terete, to 5 m long, to c. 20 mm diam. near base, glabrous. Leaves oblong-elliptic to spathulate, 30–75 mm long, 15–25 mm wide, mostly at tips of branches, thick, fleshy, rounded at apex, yellow-green, sessile. Inflorescence a dense, terminal, many-flowered panicle, 10–20 cm long; peduncles 5–30 cm long. Flowers 13–20 mm diam., subsessile; sepals triangular, to c. 2 mm long; petals narrow, acuminate, 6–8 mm long, bright yellow; stamens 10. Follicles to c. 2.5 mm long, suberect, yellowish.  Flowers winter-summer.

*CVU, *GipP, *HSF, *OtP, *VVP. Recorded as naturalized for Victoria from Mt Buninyong near Ballarat, Bacchus Marsh, at Kororoit Creek near Sunshine, and between Diamond Creek and Eltham, but possibly more widespread. It is a widely grown ornamental that sometimes persists (by spreading from nearby gardens or dumped garden refuse) along roadsides or on rock outcrops.

Sedum dendroideum Moς. & Sessé and S. confusum Hemsley are closely related to, and often confused with, S. praealtum. The former can be distinguished from S. praealtum by its lower habit (to c. 50 cm) and shorter (c. 30 mm), petiolate leaves. The latter can be distinguished by its much lower habit (to c. 15 cm) and much shorter (c. 20 mm), almost elliptic, sessile leaves.

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
genus Sedum
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Sedum praealtum subsp. praealtum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Sedum praealtum subsp. praealtum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present introduced
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised

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New South Wales