Strawberry Cinquefoil
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Strawberry Cinquefoil
P Native Photo: Anil Thakur
Common name: Strawberry Cinquefoil
Botanical name: Potentilla fragarioides    Family: Rosaceae (Rose family)
Synonyms: Potentilla sprengeliana

Strawberry Cinquefoil is a perennial herb; stems 4-12 inches, erect or nearly so, velvet-hairy or hairy. Leaves pinnately compound; leaflets 5-9, often only 3 in the upper leaves, ovate or oblong-ovate, lateral leaflets gradualy decreasing in size from uppermost to downwards. Terminal leaflet is 1.2-4 cm, teeth large, blunt or pointed; upper surface green, hairy, lower densely covered with long, pale or white hairs. Flowers are yellow or white, long-stalked, about 1.2 cm across, in open corymbs at branch ends. Petals are twice as long as the sepals, in contrast to Indian Strawberry. Stamens are numerous.

Identification credit: Anil Thakur Photographed in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.

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