Woolly-Sepal Cinquefoil
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Woolly-Sepal Cinquefoil
P Native Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Woolly-Sepal Cinquefoil, Sikkim Cinquefoil • Nepali: ह्युमी Hyumee
Botanical name: Potentilla griffithii    Family: Rosaceae (Rose family)

Woolly-Sepal Cinquefoil is a perennial herb with stout rootstock and prostrate or decumbent shoots 15-55 cm, whitish silky. Flowers are yellow, 1.5-2.5 cm across, borne in loose cymes at branch-ends. Petals are broadly obovate 7-10 mm, notched. Sepals are ovate, 5-6 mm, white woolly. Basal leaves are pinnate, 5-20 cm; lateral leaflets 2-4 pairs, elliptic-obovate 0.5-2.5 x 0.5-2cm, blunt, base rounded or wedge-shaped, margins coarsely sawtoothed, green and thinly velvet-hairy above, white silky beneath; stipules 1.5-2 cm. Stem leaves are similar but smaller and with 1-2 pairs of leaflets; stipules leaflet-like, toothed or lobed. Seedpods are ellipsoid, 0.75 mm. Woolly-Sepal Cinquefoil is found in the Himalaya to S. Central China, at altitudes of 2500-3400 m. Flowering: June-September.

Identification credit: Tabish, J.M. Garg Photographed on Govindghat-Ghangria route, Uttarakhand.

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