West-Himalayan Cinquefoil
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West-Himalayan Cinquefoil
ative Photo: Suresh Rana
Common name: West-Himalayan Cinquefoil
Botanical name: Potentilla curviseta    Family: Rosaceae (Rose family)

West-Himalayan Cinquefoil is a low mat-forming perennial herb, with 2-3 yellow flowers borne on short flowering stems, and with trifoliate leaves having narrow wedge-shaped leaflets which are coarsely 3-toothed at the tip. Flowers are about 1.5 cm across, with inverted-heart-shaped petals. Sepal cup is silky-hairy outside. Leaflets are 1.3-2.5 cm long. leathery, hairy on both sides. Stipules are linear forming a narrow wing to the leaf-stalk. Old leaves persist and become woody over the rootstock. Flowering stems are 2-8 cm long. West-Himalayan Cinquefoil is found in the Himalayas, from Pakistan to Kashmir, at altitudes of 3000-4500 m. It is common in Kashmir. Flowering: July-August.

Identification credit: Suresh Rana Photographed in Paddar Valley, Jammu & Kashmir.

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