Hairy Sepal Sedum
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Hairy Sepal Sedum
ative Photo: Alok Mahendroo
Common name: Hairy Sepal Sedum
Botanical name: Rosularia adenotricha subsp. adenotricha    Family: Crassulaceae (Sedum family)
Synonyms: Sedum adenotrichum, Sedum griffithii, Sedum adenocalyx

Hairy Sepal Sedum is a small herb with slender, threadlike root. Leaves occur in rose-like clusters, stalkless, fleshy, spoon-shaped, obovate, round at the tip, entire, 6-18 x 4-6 mm. Flowering stems are 5.5-15 cm high, unbranched, deciduous. Stem leaves are spoon-shaped, or oblong, blunt, 3-6 x 0.9-3 mm. Flowers are borne in a lax 6-25-flowered cluster at the top. Flowers are 5-merous, small, hairy. Flower-stalks are 2-10 mm long. Sepals are 5, oblong or narrowly elliptic, green or purple, fused at the base, fleshy, dorsal surface completely hairy, pointed, 2-5 x 0.5-1.5 mm. Flowers are 5-lobed, petals oblong, long-pointed, fused, pink, white, dorsal midrib hairy, 4-7 x 1-2.2 mm. Stamens are 10, in two whorls, shorter than and adnate to the petals, 2-5 mm long. Nectar scales are oblong, 0.3-1 x 0.1-0.4 mm. Carpels are 2.9-4.5 x 0.5-1 mm, style slender 0.5-1 mm long, stigma capitate. Follicles are 5, erect, free, 4-6 x 0.8-1.5 mm. Hairy Sepal Sedum is found in the Himalayas, from Afghanistan, Kashmir, Kumaon to Nepal, at altitudes of around 2200 m.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh, Krishan Lal, Varun Sharma Photographed in Chamba & Lahaul, Himachal Pradesh.

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