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If you've ever seen the hen-and-chicks plant (Sempervivum), then you have met a member of the Stonecrop family already. These are fleshy, succulent herbs with regular, bisexual flowers. There are typically 4 to 5 (sometimes 30) separate sepals and an equal number of petals, also separate. There may be as many or double the number of stamens as petals. The ovary is positioned superior and consists of 3 or more carpels wholly separate (apocarpous) or united only at the base, each producing 1 dry seed.
Key Words: Small succulent plants with 3 or more simple pistils.
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