Shrubby Cinquefoil
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Shrubby Cinquefoil
ative Photo: Tabish
Common name: Shrubby cinquefoil
Botanical name: Dasiphora fruticosa    Family: Rosaceae (Rose family)
Synonyms: Potentilla fruticosa

Shrubby cinquefoil is an erect or sometimes prostrate shrub, usually many branched. Branches are covered with reddish brown or gray, peeling bark, hairy when young. Leaf-stalks are silky or hairy. Leaves are pinnate with 2 pairs of leaflets, sometimes 3-foliolate. Leaflets are elliptic to ovate-lanceolate, 0.3-2 x 0.3-1 cm, densely hairy below, sometimes sparsely so or hairless, above sparsely or rather densely appressed hairy, base wedge-shaped, margin entire, tip pointed. Flowers are borne in 1- to several flowered clusters. Flowers are 1-3 cm across, sepals ovate pointed, false-sepals lanceolate to obovate-lanceolate, nearly equaling sepals. Petals are yellow, broadly obovate, nearly equaling sepals, tip rounded. Style is sub-basal, club-shaped, thin proximally, constricted at base of dilated stigma. Achenes are brown, nearly ovate, about 1.5 mm. Shrubby cinquefoil is found in the Himalayas, from Pakistan to Bhutan, at altitudes of 2400-5500 m. Flowering: June–September.

Identification credit: Anil Kumar, Kai Schablewski Photographed in Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand, Narkanda, Himachal Pradesh & Arunachal Pradesh.

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