Rhodiola

HANDELII  Ohba, 1977

Synonym : Sedum handelii  (Ohba) R.Stephenson (1994)

Section Primuloides

Distribution : South-western China (Sichuan).

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

Hermaphrodite, 1.5 cm tall. 

Rhizomes cylindrical, 5 - 10 mm in diameter, much branched.

Rosettes with 20 - 40 leaves, 3 - 5 mm in diameter, with the withering leaves of the previous year below the living leaves.

Leaves : Radical leaves petiolate, spurred, annual but the petiolar part marcescent, petioles

flat, 4 - 5.5 mm, longer than the lamina, ± 0.4 mm broad at the middle, broadening towards the

base (1.5 - 1.7 mm), spur lunate, ± 0.6 mm, lamina flat, oblong, 1.5 - 3.5 (-4) x 0.8 - 1.7 mm, glabrous, tip round, margin entire, base tapering to petiole,  scaly leaves triangular, brown; 1.6 - 2 x 2 - 2.5 mm.

Flowering stems glabrous, cauline leaves flat, sessile, spurless, spatulate to oblanceolate, 3.5 - 4 x 1 - 1.3 mm, glabrous, tip round, base long-attenuate, margin entire.

Inflorescences 1- (to 3-) flowered.

FIowers 4- or 5-merous, 3 - 3.5 mm in diameter; sepals free, narrowly ovate to narrowly oblong-

ovate, 3.2 - 3.7 mm, glabrous, conspicuously spurred, spur 3.2 - 3.7 mm, petals triangular-ovate to

oblong-ovate, 2.5 - 2.7 mm, stamens slightly shorter than the petals, anthers reddish.




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