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Sedum acre (Goldmoss stonecrop)

Kingdom:   Plantae
(Unranked):        Angiosperms
(Unranked):        Eudicots
(Unranked):        Core eudicots
Order:       Saxifragales
Family:      Crassulaceae
Genus:      Sedum
Species:     S. acre
Binomial name: Sedum acre
Common name:  Goldmoss Stonecrop, Mossy Stonecrop, Goldmoss Sedum, Biting Stonecrop, Wallpepper, Sed-ac. Small houseleek.

Sedum acre is a glabrous, perennial mat-forming herb and is a native to Europe, Northern Africa and Western Asia. It is now naturalised in New Zealand where it is classed as an environmental weed. It grows on gravel, dry sandy soil, poor soils, sand, coastal cliffs, roadsides, riverbeds, railway embankments and waste places.
The densely arranged, yellow-green leaves are alternate, fleshy, 3-6 mm long and are pointed at the tip.
The yellow flowers are about 12 mm wide, star-like, with 5 or 6 pointed yellow petals. The flowers are in sprays held above the foliage and appear from November to March. The fruits are yellow and when dry they split to release small (about 1 mm long) seeds.
Sedum acre spreads freely with creeping stems that root at the nodes.