Umbilicus rupestris (Salisb.) Dandy


Genus: Umbilicus

Sinònims: Umbilicus rupestris (Salisb.) Dandy subsp. rupestris

Catalan common name: Barralets. Capellets de teulada o de paret. Caquell. Coques. Orella de monjo. Pepellides.

Spanish common name: Escudetes. Ombligo de Venus. Oreja de abad. Sombrerillos. Vasillos.

Province distribution: Alacant. Balearic Islands. Girona. Tarragona.

Distribution in the islands: Mallorca. Menorca. Cabrera.

General distribution (Phytogeography): Mediterranean

Uses and properties: Medicinal.

IUCN Category: LCLeast concern

Flowering time: JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec

Life-forms: Hemicryptophyte.

Habitats: Rock crevices and cliff faces. Rocky surfaces and dry stone walls. Rocks, roofs and walls.

Characteristics: Plant that lives in rocky crevices and walls, it can be identified by its rounded contom and a petiole that begins from the centre of the lamina, at lest the basal leaves. The leaves and stems have an apple-like texture, as for all of the Crassulaceae; the stem leaves are dentate. The inflorescence is covered with flowers in almost its entire length and the flowers are pendulate. The position of the flowers and the inflorescence allow it to be distinguished from the other species of Umbilicus, which has its flowers in a horizontal position and cover only the upper half of the inflorescence.