Trifid Sedum
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Trifid Sedum
P Native Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Trifid Sedum
Botanical name: Rhodiola sinuata    Family: Crassulaceae (Sedum family)
Synonyms: Sedum trifidum Wall., Sedum sinuatum, Sedum linearifolium

Trifid Sedum is a small plant, often growing on trees or growing on boulders, with leafy clusters of white to pale pinkish flowers, and fleshy oblong to ovate usually pinnately-lobed leaves. Flowers are borne at branch-ends, in branched clusters often surrounded by longer leaves. Petals are linear-lanceshaped 5 mm, twice as long as sepals. Leaves are very variable, 2.5-5 cm, with 3-5 unequal spreading blunt lobes, or sometimes not lobed; stems several, erect 8-30 cm, hairless. Trifid Sedum is found on rocks, open slopes in the Himalayas, from Kashmir to Bhutan, at altitudes of 1200-4300 m. Flowering: August-September.

Identification credit: Pradip Krishen Photographed in Valley of Flowers & Tungnath, Uttarakhand.

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