Sedum telephium (Orpine)


Summary Information


A perennial herb, found on wood-borders, hedge banks, roadsides, rocky banks and in limestone pavement, often in very small but very persistent colonies. It also occurs as an uncommon ancient woodland plant, but sometimes fails to flower in this habitat. 0-455 m (Falcon Clints, Co. Durham).



World Distribution

Eurasian Temperate element; widely naturalised outside its native range.


Photos Information


Habitats Information

Broad Habitats

Broadleaved, mixed and yew woodland
Boundary and linear features (eg hedges, roadsides, walls)
Inland rock (quarries, cliffs, screes)

Light (Ellenberg): 7 Information

Moisture (Ellenberg): 5 Information

Reaction (Ellenberg): 7 Information

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 5 Information

Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 1 Information

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.5 Information

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 15 Information

Annual Precipitation (mm): 1032 Information

Life Form

Life Form Information

Height (cm): 60

Perennation - primary


Perennation - secondary

Life Form - primary


Life Form - secondary



Clonality - primary

Little or no vegetative spread

Clonality - secondary


Distribution Information

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 1197

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 0

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 0

Atlas Change Index: -0.34

Weighted Changed Factor: 14

Weighted Change Factor Confidence (90%)


Conservation Status

Conservation Status Information

Plantatt Conservation Status

Other Accounts

Other Accounts Information


References Information

PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections.
A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

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