KAMCHATKA STONECROP

Sedum kamtschaticum

Stonecrop Family [Crassulaceae]  

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status
statusZneophyte
flower
flower8yellow
morph
morph8actino
petals
petalsZ5
type
typeZclustered
stem
stem8round

22nd July 2008, Oldroyd, Todmorden, west yorkshire. Photo: © RWD
A low plant to 30cm with mid-green leaves and bright yellow star-shaped flowers. Stems ascend without rooting.


22nd July 2008, Oldroyd, Todmorden, west yorkshire. Photo: © RWD
Gairless leaves linear to oblong.


22nd July 2008, Oldroyd, Todmorden, west yorkshire. Photo: © RWD
Five petals in a star-shape. Ten stamens with orange pollen.


22nd July 2008, Oldroyd, Todmorden, west yorkshire. Photo: © RWD
Leaves toothed nearer leaf extremities.


23rd July 2013, a garden, Old Clough La, Walkden, Gtr M/cr. Photo: © RWD
Un-opened flower buds top left.


23rd July 2013, a garden, Old Clough La, Walkden, Gtr M/cr. Photo: © RWD
Flowers turning to fruit.


23rd July 2013, a garden, Old Clough La, Walkden, Gtr M/cr. Photo: © RWD
Most have five seed pods (carpels), this fruit has six.


22nd Aug 2013, a garden, Old Clough La, Walkden, Gtr M/cr. Photo: © RWD
Fruits later turn pinkish-red.


22nd Aug 2013, a garden, Old Clough La, Walkden, Gtr M/cr. Photo: © RWD
Pinkish-red fruits. The sepals are rounded and much more easily seen when the petals are absent.


Slight resemblance to : Rock Stonecrop (Sedum forsterianum) which also has 5-starred yellow flowers but they are on long succulent stalks and have short leaves which are more like needles.

Uniquely identifiable characteristics

Distinguishing Feature :

It is a very variable plant regarding habit and leaf-shape. Some, perhaps all, of the specimens growing wild in the UK are var. middendorfianum.

You are more likely to come across this plant in a garden (as these two sets above), or recently escaped from one, evading re-capture. Some, or all, specimens are var. middendorfianum

Like most Stonecrops, this plant has 5 petals, which are narrow and pointed. The flowers are a brighter yellow than the similar Biting Stonecrop, but its leaves are more similar to those of the red/purple flowered Caucasian Stonecrop: spoon-shaped with deepish forward-pointing teeth.

Its' name is derived from the Kamchatka Peninsula, in Russia, presumably where it was first found.


  Sedum kamtschaticum  ⇐ Global Aspect ⇒ Crassulaceae  

Distribution
family8Stonecrop family8Crassulaceae

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Sedum
(Stonecrops)

KAMCHATKA STONECROP

Sedum kamtschaticum

Stonecrop Family [Crassulaceae]  

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