Woolly-Fruit Cinquefoil
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Woolly-Fruit Cinquefoil
ative Photo: Ramesh Kadyan
Common name: Woolly-Fruit Cinquefoil
Botanical name: Potentilla eriocarpa    Family: Rosaceae (Rose family)
Synonyms: Potentilla davidii

Woolly-Fruit Cinquefoil is a small spreading perennial, herb with usually solitary yellow flowers 2-3 cm across. Petals are inverted-heart-shaped, shallowly notched, much longer than the triangular sepals and smaller false-sepals. Leaves are long-stalked, bright green, trifoliate, with wedge-shaped leaflets which are toothed or 3-lobed at the tip. Rootstock are profusely elongated, thick and stout, covered with remnants of stipules and leaf bases. Basal stem 3-10 cm. long, simple or branched, cylindrical, woody, covered with remains of woody scale leaves, villose. Flowering stem and leaves terminal, borne on the apex of the basal stem, 10-20 cm. long, ascending, moderately pilose. Seed-pods are oblong-ovate, hairy. Woolly-Fruit Cinquefoil is found in the Himalayas, from Pakistan to SW China, at altitudes of 3000-5000 m. Flowering: July-September

Identification credit: Krishan Lal Photographed in Arunachal Pradesh & Himachal Pradesh.

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