Overlapping-Leaves Rhodiola
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Overlapping-Leaves Rhodiola
P Native Photo: Dinesh Valke
Common name: Overlapping-Leaves Rhodiola
Botanical name: Rhodiola imbricata    Family: Crassulaceae (Sedum family)
Synonyms: Sedum imbricatum

Overlapping-Leaves Rhodiola is a perennial herb, 10-30 cm high. Flowers pale yellow with green or often reddish sepals, in a very dense compact at branch-ends cluster surrounded by an involucre of leaves. Flowers are unisexual, 4-5 merous, stalked. Sepals are basally fused, entire, blunt, linear or linear-ovate, 4.5-6.5 x 0.8-1 mm. Petals are hairless, entire, blunt, narrowly angular-obovate or oblong-obovate, 5-6.5 x 1.2-1.5 mm. Stamens are 8-10, longer than the petals, in two whorls. Leaves are 1.3-3 cm long, oblong to narrow elliptic, nearly entire; flowering stems 3-5, reddish, 10-20 cm. Rootstock is massive, 2-2.5 cm across, without suckers. Overlapping-Leaves Rhodiola is found in the Himalayas, from Pakistan to C. Nepal, at altitudes of 4000-5000 m. Flowering: June-July.

Identification credit: Dinesh Valke Photographed near Hemkund, Uttarakhand.

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