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Potentilla nivea Linn.


Description from Flora of China

Herbs perennial. Roots terete. Flowering stems erect or ascending, 5–25 cm tall, together with petioles white tomentose. Radical leaves 1.5–8 cm including petiole; stipules brown, membranous, abaxially sparsely pilose or glabrescent; leaf blade 3-foliolate; leaflets sessile or sometimes terminal one shortly petiolulate, ovate, obovate, or elliptic, 1–2 × 0.8–1.3 cm, abaxially white tomentose, inconspicuously veined, adaxially appressed pilose, base rounded or broadly cuneate, margin obtusely 3–6(or 7)-crenate or (6 or)7–14-serrate on each side, apex obtuse or acute; cauline leaves 1 or 2; stipules green, ovate, herbaceous, abaxially densely white tomentose, margin usually entire, rarely serrate; leaflets smaller than those of radical leaves. Inflorescence terminal, cymose, few flowered, rarely a solitary flower. Flowers 1–1.8 cm in diam.; pedicel 1–2 cm, white tomentose. Sepals triangular-ovate, apex acuminate or acute; epicalyx segments linear-lanceolate, shorter than sepals, abaxially spreading sericeous-pilose, apex obtuse. Petals yellow, obovate, apex emarginate. Style subterminal, base thickened and papillate, or inconspicuously thickened; stigma dilated. Achenes smooth. Fl. and fr. May–Sep.

Alpine thickets, meadows on mountain slopes, grassy slopes, marsh margins, rocks; 1600--3400 m. Hebei, Jilin, Nei Mongol, Shanxi, Xinjiang [Japan, Korea, Mongolia, Russia; Europe, North America].


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