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Mountain Sedum   
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Mountain Sedum
P Native Photo: Ashutosh Sharma
Common name: Mountain Sedum
Botanical name: Sedum oreades    Family: Crassulaceae (Sedum family)
Synonyms: Sedum filicaule, Sedum jaeschkei, Sedum squarrosum

Mountain sedum is a hairless annual succulent plant, with several spreading or ascending stem 5-10 cm. Leaves are narrow-lanceshaped, fine-pointed, thick and fleshy. Upper stem leaves are crowded towards ends of stems. Beautiful star-like flowers are yellow, 1 cm across, and occur in clusters of 1-3 at the end of stem. Flowers are nearly stalkless, unequally 5-merous. Sepals are oblong to obovate-lanceshaped, 7-7.5 x 2-2.2 mm, base spurred, tip pointed. Petals are yellow, obovate to obovate-lanceshaped, 6-9.8 x 2.5-3.5 mm, base fused for 1.2-1.3(-3) mm, shortly clawed, margin minutely erose, tip with a short sharp point. Stamens are 10 in two whorls, or sometimes 5. Mountain Sedum grows at altitudes of 3000-4000 m in rock crevices, in the Himalayas, from Kashmir, Lahaul, Uttarakhand to Bhutan, S. Tibet, NE India, Burma and SW China (Yunnan).

Identification credit: Ashutosh Sharma Photographed at Rohtang pass, Himachal Pradesh.

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