Bhutan Rhodiola
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Bhutan Rhodiola
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Bhutan Rhodiola
Botanical name: Rhodiola bupleuroides    Family: Crassulaceae (Sedum family)
Synonyms: Sedum bupleuroides, Rhodiola bhutanica

Bhutan Rhodiola is a perennial herb, 7-35 cm tall, with few stems. Flowers are red to black-purple, in large leafy, flat-topped, branched, often lax clusters, carried on top of leafy stems with broad ovate to elliptic leaves. Petals are lanceshaped, twice as long as the sepals. Leaves are 1.3-5 cm long, entire to remotely toothed, often with a heart-shaped or eared base. Bhutan Rhodiola is found in the Himalayas, in Pakistan, Kumaon, Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan, Myanmar and SW China, at altitudes of 2750-3700 m. Flowering: July-September.

Identification credit: Krishan Lal, J.M. Garg Photographed in the Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand.

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