Rhodiola quadrifida (Pallas) Fischer & Meyer, Enum. Pl. Nov. 1: 69 1841. (Syn: Chamaerhodiola quadrifida (Pallas) Nakai; Kirpicznikovia quadrifida (Pall.) A. & D. Löve; Rhodiola quadrifida var. major Fisch. & Mey.; Rhodiola quadrifida var. minor Fisch. & Mey.; Sedum quadrifidum Pallas);

Pall. ; DC. Prodr. iii. 407 ; stems 2-5 in. numerous, leaves approximate oblong subterete, cymes 5-1-flowered, flowers red often 4-merous, sepals oblong. Ledeb. Fl. Ross. ii. 177 ; H. f. & T. in Journ. Linn. Soc. ii. 97. S. coccineum, Royle Ill. t. 48.

ALPINE WESTERN HIMALAYA, alt. 11,000-18,000 ft., from KUMAON to KASHMIR, frequent. SIKKIM, alt. 16,000-18,000 ft., J. D. H.—DISTRIB. Arctic Russia and Siberia.
Stems and leaves glabrous or puberulous. Leaves 1/4 in., sometimes very acute. Petals usually twice the sepals. Hypogynous scales subquadrate (ex H. f. & T.). Follicles with short styles, recurved or sometimes erect, straight.
(From The Flora of British India (1878) from IBIS FLORA)