ENGLISH STONECROP

Sedum anglicum

Stonecrop Family [Crassulaceae]  

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flower
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inner
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stem
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6th July 2007, Cathedral Cave, Little Langdale Valley, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
Growing amongst rock and Star Moss


6th July 2007, Cathedral Cave, Little Langdale Valley, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
A low mat-forming succulent that likes walls, shingle and rocks near the sea.


6th July 2007, Cathedral Cave, Little Langdale Valley, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
The flowers have a pinkish tinge


5th July 2007, Lancashire Coastal Path, near Lytham St. Helens. Photo: © RWD
The leaves are fleshy and bulbous


5th July 2007, Lancashire Coastal Path, near Lytham St. Helens. Photo: © RWD
The leaves often go reddish in places, the stems more so


6th July 2007, Cathedral Cave, Little Langdale Valley, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
There are 5 petals but 10 stamens. The fruits are red.


2nd Sept 2010, Twl Du, Llyn Idwal, Snowdonia. Photo: © RWD
English Stonecrop is tinged pink, whereas White Stonecrop is never.


2nd Sept 2010, Twl Du, Llyn Idwal, Snowdonia. Photo: © RWD
Ten black-tipped anthers.


Some similarities to : White Stonecrop (Sedum album) but the flowers of White Stonecrop are more often pure white and only occasionally tinged pink, whereas they are always white tinged pink on English Stonecrop. The leaves of English Stonecrop are 3-6mm long (half as long as the 6-12mm of White Stonecrop). English Stonecrop has grey-green leaves whereas the leaves of White Stonecrop) are bright green. Both are often tinged red, but English Stonecrop are often heavily washed or streaked with red, especially on ovaries and stigmas. The petals of English Stonecrop are more pointed than those of White Stonecrop which have a more abrupt obtuse. The anthers are dark-red on both English Stonecrop and White Stonecrop but White Stonecrop (up to 570m altitude) cannot grow as high as does English Stonecrop (1080m). .

There is a very strong and pronounced western bias to the distribution of English Stonecrop, with only a much smaller scattering in the East, and almost an aversion to places more than 70 miles inland.

The leaves of English Stonecrop are similar to : Biting Stonecrop (Sedum acre) but are not acrid. (However, the flowers, when they are visible, are yellow on Biting Stonecrop, as they are also on ).

It is a low-growing mat-forming evergreen succulent which can grow on a variety of substrates ranging from acidic rocks, screes, shingle to dunes, dry banks, old walls and short sandy grassland.


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ENGLISH STONECROP

Sedum anglicum

Stonecrop Family [Crassulaceae]  

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