Four-Petal Rhodiola
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Four-Petal Rhodiola
P Native Photo: Sunit Singh
Common name: Four-Petal Rhodiola
Botanical name: Rhodiola quadrifida    Family: Crassulaceae (Sedum family)
Synonyms: Sedum quadrifidum, Kirpicznikovia quadrifida, Chamaerhodiola quadrifida

Four-Petal Rhodiola is a perennial herb with flowers borne in few flowered corymbs, about 1 cm in diameter, atop erect flowering stems 6-9 cm long, 0.5-1 mm wide. Flowers unisexual, usually 4-merous, equaling or longer than flower-stalk. Sepals green, linear-lanceshaped, about 3 mm, tip blunt. Petals yellow to reddish, oblong-obovate, about 4 mm, tip blunt. Stamens 8, equaling or slightly longer than petals. Winter bud conspicuous, ovate to narrowly ovate. Stem leaves are alternate, erect, stalkless, linear, almost round in cross-section, 5-8 x about 1 mm, margin entire, tip pointed. Seedpods are erect, red when mature, lanceshaped, about 5 mm, apical beak slightly reflexed or erect. Four-Petal Rhodiola is found in the alpine regions, on stony slopes, rocks, at altitudes of 2300-3700 m, in Russia to Mongolia, China and W. Himalaya. Flowering: May-August.

Identification credit: Sunit Singh, J.P Mehta Photographed in Kachani tal, Uttarkhand.

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