Salesov's Cinquefoil
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Salesov's Cinquefoil
P Native Photo: N Arun Kumar
Common name: Salesov's Cinquefoil • Urdu: Shour, Naghardom
Botanical name: Farinopsis salesoviana    Family: Rosaceae (Rose family)
Synonyms: Potentilla salesoviana, Potentilla salesovii, Comarum salesovii

Salesov's Cinquefoil is a spreading perennial herb or undershrub. Flowers are 4-8, at branch-ends, prominent, 2.5-3.0 cm in diameter, white. Sepal cup is densely silky, outer sepals 5-7 mm long linear-lanceshaped to ovate-lanceshaped, pointed, inner twice as long as the outer, oblong-ovate, cuspidate. Petals are 1.2-1.6 cm. long, nearly round. Stamens about 25. Carpels numerous, concealed in long dense creamy white hairs, styles lateral, 3.5-4.5 mm. long, thread-like. Basal stem is 15-30 cm long, prostrate, woody, covered with overlapping stipules. Floral stem is 10-15 cm. long, at branch-ends, densely hairy. Leaves are many, crowded at the base, interruptedly 3-4 paired, leaf-stalks 2-4 cm long, velvet-hairy. Leaflets are 2-3.5 x 1-1.4 cm, obovate, pointedly 10-14 sawtoothed-toothed, leathery, hairless and green above, powdery below, nearly stalkless or with small leaflet-stalks. Salesov's Cinquefoil is native to Central Asia to SW Siberia and W Himalaya. Flowering: July-September.

Identification credit: G.S. Rawat Photographed in Bodhkharbu, Ladakh.

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