Toothed Rhodiola
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Toothed Rhodiola
ative Photo: Nongthombam Ullysess
Common name: Toothed Rhodiola
Botanical name: Rhodiola heterodonta    Family: Crassulaceae (Sedum family)

Toothed Rhodiola is a rhizomatous perennial with fleshy grayish green leaves, alternately arranged on unbranched upright stems. Leaves are broadly lancelike-triangular, with irregularly toothed margin. Irregularly toothed margin is the identifying feature of the species. The botanical name heterodonta means having different kinds of teeth. Dense cymes of star-shaped red-yellow stalkless, bractless flowers bloom late spring to early summer. Male flowers have red or purple anthers; females have carpels with purple tips. It is found at altitudes of 3300-5000 m. Flowering: June-August.

Identification credit: Nongthombam Ullysess Photographed in Lahaul, Himachal Pradesh.

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