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Crassulaceae: Stonecrop Family Plant Identification Characteristics.

Plants of the Stonecrop Family

      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.

      Worldwide, there are 35 genera and 1,500 species, including 9 genera in North America. Many are cultivated as ornamentals, including: Aeonium, Cotyledon, Crassula, Dudleya, Echeveria, Kalanchoe, Sedum and Sempervivum.

Key Words: Small succulent plants with 3 or more simple pistils.

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Sedum lanceolatum. Stonecrop.

Sedum lanceolatum. Stonecrop. Tobacco Root Mountains. Pony, Montana.

Sedum integrifolium. Rose Crown.

Sedum integrifolium. Rose Crown. Grows high in the mountains.

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