WILDFLOWERS OF NEW MEXICO

 

Look in cracks in dry, exposed boulders for clumps of these dainty succulent with whitish-pink, star-shaped flowers. The showy, white flowers form flat-topped clusters on 1 1/2–7 3/4-inch (4–20 cm) tall stems growing from a compact rosette of fleshy, slightly flat leaves.


FLOWERS: June–September. Flat-topped clusters have 5/8–3/4-inch wide (15-20 mm) flowers with 5 white to pink-tinged petals, each oval to lance-shaped, pointed, 1/4–3/8-inch (6–9 mm) long; petals spread outward from base (not half-way up); 5 unequal sepals are shorter than petals, 10 stamens have white to reddish or brown filaments and brown anthers. Flowers have no odor.


LEAVES: Dense basal rosette; stem leaves alternate, crowded. Basal blades succulent, slightly flat (not cylindric), oval to spatula-shaped, 1/4-inch (1–6 mm) long. Alternate stem leaves narrow, linear to elliptic, flattish to cylindric, succulent, 1/4–3/4-inch (5–18 mm) long; deciduous after flowering.


HABITAT: Gravelly soils, especially granite derived, rocky outcrops; pinyon-juniper, ponderosa-fir forests.


ELEVATION: 5,700–10,600 feet.


RANGE: AZ, NM, TX.


SIMILAR SPECIES: Huachuca Mountain Stonecrop, Sedum stelliforme, in sw NM mountains, has whitish-pink flowers but cylindric leaves. Wright’s Stonecrop, S. wrightii, in central and southern NM mountains, has flattened leaves, flowers with a pungent, musky odor, and erect petals that spread outward one-half way toward the tip.


NM COUNTIES: Throughout NM mountains in mid- to high-elevation, rocky habitats: Bernalillo, Catron, Cibola, Colfax, Dona Ana, Grant, Lincoln, Los Alamos, Luna, McKinley, Mora, Otero, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe, Sierra, Socorro, Taos, Torrance.

COCKERELL'S  STONECROP

SEDUM  COCKERELLII

Crassulaceae, Stonecrop Family

Perennial succulent herb

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Left:

• Dense rosette of basal leaves (bottom arrow).

• Stem leaves succulent, slightly flattened, largest at middle (upper arrow).

Upper:

Petals spread outward from base.

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