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Indian Sedum   
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Indian Sedum
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Indian Sedum
Botanical name: Sinocrassula indica    Family: Crassulaceae (Sedum family)
Synonyms: Sedum indicum, Sedum cavaleriense

Indian Sedum is a biennial, hairless herb with fibrous roots. Basal leaves are oblong-spoon-shaped, 3.5-6 x 1-1.5 cm. Flowering stem is erect, 5-60 cm, stem leaves alternate, broadly inverted-lanceshaped or nearly obovate, or ovate-circular, 2.5-3 x 0.4-1 cm, margin entire or distally toothed, tip obtusely rounded or long-pointed. Flowers are borne in panicle, often corymb-like on lateral branches generally 5-6 cm or shorter. Bracts resemble distal stem leaves but smaller. Sepals are broadly triangular, about 2 x 1 mm, tip somewhat pointed. Petals are red, reddish, yellow, or greenish yellow, lanceshaped to ovate, 2.5-5.5 x about 2 mm, tip usually curled back. Stamens are 3-4 mm. Nectar scales are quadrate, tip emarginate. Seed-pods are apically with a recurved beak. Seeds smooth. Indian Sedum is found in the Himalayas, from Garhwal to Bhutan, Tibet, SW China, at altitudes of 500-4000 m. Flowering: July-October.

Identification credit: D.S.Rawat, Krishan Lal Photographed in the Great Hinalayan National Park, HImachal Pradesh.

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