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Rhodiola pinnatifida A. Bor.


Description from Flora of China

Sedum pinnatifidum (Borissova) J. P. Kozhevnikov.

Main root few branched, thick, fusiform. Caudex 1-1.5 × 1-2 cm. Caudex leaves scalelike, oblong-triangular, 4-5 × ca. 3 mm, apex acute. Flowering stems few, erect, 10-20 cm × 3-4 mm, densely leafy. Stem leaves alternate, subopposite, or nearly 3-verticillate, linear-lanceolate to lanceolate, 2-3.5 × 0.3-0.5 cm, base attenuate, apex acute. Inflorescences corymbiform-umbellate, compact, 1.5-2 × 2.5-3 cm, many flowered. Flowers unisexual, unequally 4-merous in male plants, shorter than pedicel. Sepals yellowish green, lanceolate, ca. 4 mm, apex subacute. Petals yellow, lanceolate to oblong-lanceolate, ca. 6 mm, apex subobtuse. Stamens 8, ca. 9 mm, ca. 1.5 × as long as petals; filaments yellow; anthers greenish yellow, globose. Nectar scales ca. 1 × 0.5 mm. Follicles oblong-lanceolate, to 8 mm, apical beak 1-2 mm. Seeds brown, oblong, to 2 mm. Fl. Jun-Aug, fr. Jul-Aug.

Rhodiola pinnatifida falls within the range of variation of R. stephanii and is therefore difficult to separate from the latter species. Further study is needed to determine whether or not the two are conspecific.

About 2200 m. N Xinjiang (Altay Shan) [Mongolia, Russia].


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