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Sedum pachyphyllum
Rose, Crassulaceae
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Present on Pacific Islands?  yes

Primarily a threat at high elevations?  no

Risk assessment results:  Evaluate; score: 3 (Hawaii-Pacific Weed Risk Assessment for Sedum pachypyllum)

Evaluate, score: 3 (Weed risk assessment for the Pacific)

Other Latin names:  Sedum pachypyllum

Common name(s): [more details]

English: jellybean plant, many-fingers

Habit:  succulent

Description:  "Sedum pachyphyllum Rose, called jellybean plant or many-fingers for the resemblance of its leaves to plump candies or fingers, is herbaceous when young but with the stem bases on mature plants becoming almost woody. The erect, branched stems are usually 8-12" tall, often bare below, with the leaves clustered toward the apex. The leaves are alternate, more or less cylindrical, 0.5-1.5" long and up to 0.25" thick, apically rounded, and bluish green to yellow-green tipped with red when grown in the sun. The inflorescences are crowded, flat-topped panicles of bright yellow flowers." (A Tropical Garden Flora, p. 261)

"Perennial; stems woody at base, much branched, spreading or erect, glabrous throughout, 10 to 30 cm high; leaves closely set, standing almost at right angles to the stem, terete in section, somewhat smaller below, obtuse, a little glaucous, 3 to 4 cm long, 8 to 10 mm in cross section; flowering stem weak, about 2 cm long; inflorescence sessile, cymose; flowers short-pediceled or subsessile; sepals 5, wide-spreading, clavate, green, obtuse, somewhat unequal, the longest one 6 mm long, petals yellow, widely spreading, or even bent backward, 7 mm long, somewhat keeled on the back, spoon-shaped above, stamefs 10, yellow; carpels at first erect, yellow"  (Rose, 1911; pp. 299-300).

Habitat/ecology:  First collected on hills near San Luis, Oaxaca, Mexico, altitude 1,800 to 2,100 m (Rose, 1911; pp. 299-300).

Propagation:  Seed

Native range:  State of Oaxaca, Mexico; also cultivated (GRIN).


Pacific Rim
Country/Terr./St. &
Island group
Location Cited status &
Cited as invasive &
Cited as cultivated &
Cited as aboriginal introduction?
Reference &
Australia (continental)
Australia (continental) introduced
Randall, R. P. (2007) (p. 440)
Mexico (United Mexican States) native
Rose, J.N. (1911) (pp. 299-300)
New Zealand
New Zealand
New Zealand (country) introduced
Webb, C. J./Sykes, W. R./Garnock-Jones, P. J. (1988) (p. 585)

Comments:  cultivated in Hawaii (A Tropical Garden Flora, p. 261)

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This page was created on 26 OCT 2012 and was last updated on 31 JAN 2018.