Clark's Cinquefoil
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Clark's Cinquefoil
P Native Herb pinnate Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Clark's Cinquefoil
Botanical name: Potentilla clarkei    Family: Rosaceae (Rose family)

Clark's Cinquefoil is a plant endemic to Kashmir, an erect herb covered with long silky hairs. Leaves are compound with 5-7 leaflets, lower leaflets much smaller than upper. Stipules are leaf-like, semi-ovate. Flowers are borne in stiff, branched clusters, with stalkless leafy involucre. Flowers are 1.2-1.4 cm across, yellow; flower-stalk 1.5-2.5 cm long; petals yellow, obovate; seed-pods large, on elevated receptacle. Clark's Cinquefoil is found in the Kashmir Himalayas, at altitudes of around 3000 m.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh Photographed above Cheshmashahi in Srinagar, Kashmir.

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