Himalayan Rhodiola
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Himalayan Rhodiola
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Himalayan Rhodiola
Botanical name: Rhodiola himalensis    Family: Crassulaceae (Sedum family)
Synonyms: Chamaerhodiola himalensis

Himalayan Rhodiola is a large showy plant with erect leafy stems 10-35 cm tall. Stems are covered with narrow-elliptic or inverted-lance-shaped fleshy leaves. On top of the stems are borne clusters of dark red, pinkish to yellow flowers. Flowers clusters are 3-5 cm across. The flowering stems arise from an erect root-stock which is covered with old died out stems. Himalayan Rhodiola is found in the Himalayas, from Kashmir to SW China, at altitudes of 3300-4800 m. Flowering: June-August.

Identification credit: Nongthombam Ullysess
Photographed beyond Tsomgo Lake, Sikkim.
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