E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Sedum lanceolatum Torr.
lance-leaved stonecrop (spearleaf stonecrop)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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Perennial herb from a slender rhizome; mat-forming; stems decumbent to ascending, several, branched above, 5-25 cm tall/long, glabrous.
Stem leaves alternate, linear to linear-lanceolate, succulent, rounded in cross section, not strongly keeled, strongly pointed, finely pimply to smooth, upper leaves deciduous by flowering time, lower leaves crowded to form basal rosettes, often reddish-green, sometimes covered with a white waxy powder, turning golden in autumn.
Inflorescence of terminal, umbrella-shaped clusters; petals 5, yellow but sometimes reddish-tinged; stamens shorter than the petals.
Follicles, erect, fused at the base.
Two varieties occur in BC:

1. Leaves usually smooth, closely tufted and overlapping on the flowering stems................... var. nesioticum (G.N. Jones) C. L. Hitchc.

1. Leaves usually finely pimply, usually not overlapping on the flowering stems.................. var. lanceolatum

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic to dry coastal bluffs, rocky slopes, rock outcrops and talus slopes in all zones except the alpine zone; var. lanceolatum - common throughout BC, var. nesioticum - infrequent; absent from the Queen Charlotte Islands and adjacent coast; N to YT, E to S SK, and S to NE, CO, NM and CA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Sedum lanceolatum

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

Site Information
Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 122 1671 2705
Slope Gradient (%) 0 37 244
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
0 187 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
0 2 7
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: AT(170), BAFA(29), BG(37), BWBS(11), CDF(1), ESSF(560), ICH(74), IDF(250), IMA(52), MH(1), MS(178), PP(18), SBPS(7), SBS(28), SWB(4)


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is montane boreal & cool temperate.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Amerosedum nesioticum (G.N. Jones) A. Löve & D. Löve
Amerosedum rupicola (G.N. Jones) A. Löve & D. Löve
Sedum lanceolatum var. nesioticum (G.N. Jones) C.L. Hitchc.
Sedum lanceolatum var. rupicola (G.N. Jones) C.L. Hitchc.

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