Tiny Leaved Cinquefoil
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Tiny Leaved Cinquefoil
ative Photo: Krishan Lal
Common name: Tiny Leaved Cinquefoil
Botanical name: Potentilla microphylla    Family: Rosaceae (Rose family)
Synonyms: Argentina microphylla, Sibbaldia pusilla, Potentilla microphylla var. multijuga

Tiny Leaved Cinquefoil is a perennial, low-growing herb, usually tufted and pulvinate. Flowering stems are erect, 2-3 cm tall, with appressed white hairs. Basal leaves are 0.5-6 cm including stalk, crowded or not; ears of stipules free; stalk short. Leaves are pinnate with 2-9 pairs of leaflets. Leaflets elliptic or obovate, 2-4 x 1.5-2.5 mm, abaxially sericeous-pilose, later glabrescent, adaxially glabrescent, or both surfaces glabrous, margin pinnately lobed or parted, tip obtuse or acute; lobes or segments lanceolate. Stem leaf 1, small, margin entire or parted. Flower 1 or 2, 1-1.5 cm across, stalk 2-12 mm, appressed hairy. Sepals are triangular-ovate, apex obtuse or acute; epicalyx segments lanceolate or elliptic-lanceolate, margin entire or 2-lobed. Petals are yellow, elliptic to obovate, tip rounded. Style lateral; stigma slightly dilated. Achenes rugose. Tiny Leaved Cinquefoi is found in alpine meadows and rocky places in Bhutan, NW Himalayas, Nepal and Sikkim, at altitudes of 3400--5200 m. Flowering: June-August.

Identification credit: Kai Schablewski, Krishan Lal Photographed in Chansil Pass, Himachal Pradesh.

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