Rhodiola

AMABILIS (Ohba) Ohba, 1976

Synonym : Sedum amabile  Ohba (1976)

Subgenus Crassipedes

Distribution: Nepal.

Description (according to H. Ohba in IHSP, 2003) :

Hermaphrodite, to 10 cm tall, rhizomes 3 – 10 mm in diameter, sparsely branched.

Flowering stems 5 - 15, ± fastigiate, glabrous, pale green, 0.6 - 1 mm in diameter.

Leaves densely arranged throughout, widely spreading, sessile, thickly herbaceous, linear to linear-Ianceolate, 6 - 12 x 0.8 - 1.5 mm, tip round or obtuse, entire or nearly so.

Inflorescence 1- to 3- (to 5-) flowered, bracts 3 - 5 x 0.5 - 1 mm, pedicels ± 0 – 1.2mm,

Flowers 6 - 10 mm in diameter, calyx 4.5 - 5.5 mm, glabrous, sepals 4 - 5 mm, triangular-lanceolate, tinged with red, petals white or pink near tip, glabrous, spreading at anthesis, (narrowly) elliptic, 5 - 7.5 mm, acute or obtuse, entire, stamens distinctly shorter than the petals, ascending to erect, anthers purplish-red.

Flowering time : Mid-August to late September.

Note

Cultivation is only successful when plants are grown in a cool spot, direct sun only in early morning or late evening, large stones over the rootstocks to keep cool.




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