Snow Cinquefoil
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Snow Cinquefoil
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Snow Cinquefoil
Botanical name: Potentilla nivea    Family: Rosaceae (Rose family)
Synonyms: Potentilla fragariifolia, Fragaria nivea

Snow Cinquefoil is a perennial herb growing 5-20 cm, with stem ascending, often reddish, hairy, and with strawberry-like leaves. Flowers are yellow, 1-2 cm across, petals five, 6-9 mm long, slightly longer than sepals, obovate, tip notched. Calyx is 5-lobed, with epicalyx. Stamens are 10-30. Gynoecium separate, pistils many. Inflorescence is a narrow, 2-8-flowered corymb. Leaves are alternately arranged, basal leaves long-stemmed, stem leaves short-stemmed to stalkless, stipulate. Leaflets are 3 (sometimes 5), terminal leaflet sometimes stalked. Leaflets are elliptic-spoon-shaped, with short and blunt teeth until base, teeth 9-13 or with long and tapered teeth, teeth 5-9 (ssp. chamissonis), green on top, underside densely white-haired. Snow Cinquefoil is reported from Ladakh 1600-3400 m and C. Asia. Flowering: July-August.

Identification credit: Nongthombam Ullysess Photographed in Lahaul, Himachal Pradesh.

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