Tiny Hairy Cinquefoil
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Tiny Hairy Cinquefoil
P Native Photo: Tabish
Common name: Tiny Hairy Cinquefoil, Hairy Sibbaldia
Botanical name: Sibbaldia adpressa    Family: Rosaceae (Rose family)
Synonyms: Sibbaldianthe adpressa, Potentilla lindenbergii, Sibbaldia minutissima

Tiny Hairy Sibbaldia is small prostrate herb 4-15 cm high, covered with prostrate hairs, stems rising to erect, overtopping the leaves, 2-4-flowered. Leaves are 3-foliate or pinnately 5-foliolate, radical leaves long stalked, stem leaves short stalked. Leaflets are stalkless, laterals linear-lanceshaped, entire, end leaflet 3-toothed at tip, upper surface hairless or sparsely hairy, lower surface densely hairy. Flowers are borne singly in leaf-axils, stalked, 6-10 mm in diameter. Petals are obovate, tip rounded, as long as or little longer than the sepals, yellow or white. Sepals are triangular-ovate, tip pointed; episepals long elliptic, slightly shorter or longer than sepals. Stamens are 10, pistils 9-15, hairless; style lateral spindle-shaped. Achenes are wrinkled. Tiny Hairy Sibbaldia is found in Central Asia to Mongolia and Himalaya, at altitudes of 600-4200 m.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed at Bumla Pass, Arunachal Pradesh.

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