Saturday, September 17, 2016

Flower for the Day Queens Crown 9-17-16

Queens Crown (Rhodiola rhodantha) alsoRose Crown is a sedum  in the stonecrop family. These were filling a meadow by Long Lake in the Indian Peaks Wilderness area near Ward, Colorado.

"Rhodiola rhodantha is a succulent plant, with thick, fleshy leaves growing close together in a regular arrangement all along the stem. Those towards the upper end turn bright red as they mature, starting at the edges, while all become red as they start to wither. Stems are topped with a rounded cluster of red or pink flowers; each has 5 or 6 small petals, pointing upwards, surrounded by the same number of pointed sepals. Inside are reddish stamens with dark purple tips, and a split stigma, while underneath are reddish bracts.

They  inhabit wet areas of mountains, up to 12,000 feet, found most commonly in bogs or along streambanks. This species is very similar to rhodiola integrifolia (king's crown), differences being the generally lighter flower color, and the shape of the flower cluster (rounded rather than flat-topped)."

I try to remember the name of the more common queens crown as the one with the rounded flower head.

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