Sedum obtusatum

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Sedum obtusatum
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Saxifragales
Family: Crassulaceae
Genus: Sedum
Species: S. obtusatum
Binomial name
Sedum obtusatum

Sedum obtusatum is a species of flowering plant in the stonecrop family known by the common name Sierra stonecrop.[1] It is native to the Sierra Nevada and adjacent high mountain ranges of California, its distribution extending north into Oregon and east into Nevada. It grows in rocky mountain habitat.


It is a succulent plant forming basal rosettes of waxy leaves. The leaves are oval or spoon shaped and up to 3 centimeters long, with smaller ones occurring farther up the stem. The leaves are green to blue green to red tinged or all red. The inflorescence is an erect, sometimes flat-topped array of many flowers. The flowers have white petals tinged with green, yellow, or orange. It typically blooms from May to June. [2]

Though it is not an obligatory host, it is described as a beneficial organism for the Euptoieta claudia butterfly. [3]


One variety of this species, var. paradisum, is a very rare plant limited to the Trinity Mountains of California; it is sometimes treated as a species in its own right, the Canyon Creek stonecrop (Sedum paradisum).[4][5]


  1. ^ "Sedum obtusatum". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 9 November 2015. 
  2. ^ "Calflora: Sedum obtusatum". Retrieved 2016-03-30. 
  3. ^ "Plant Characteristics and Associations - Calflora". Retrieved 2016-03-30. 
  4. ^ USDA Plants Profile: S. paradisum
  5. ^ Flora of North America: var. paradisum

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