Potentilla sericea var. hololeuca (Boiss.) Hook.f.
Perennial ascending herbs. Rootstock divided, very much thickened, tufted, with dark-brown remains of scale leaves. Basal leaves 5-foliate with lower distant pair of leaflets, petioles 1-3 cm. long, floccose-tomentose. Basal stipules ferrugineus, auricles lanceolate, upper stipules ovate and green. Leaflets obovate, sessile, 8-12 x 6-8 mm., upper surface with both straight and floccose hairs, lower surface niveo-tomentose, margin serrate-dentate with 9-13 oblong obtuse teeth. Flowers 1-3, c. 1.5 cm. diam. Calyces densely sericeous, outer sepals narowly oblong obtuse, inner sepals ovate acute. Petals c.6 mm long, obcordate. Stamens about 25. Carpels numerous, styles c 1 mm long, thickened below, somewhat coniform, a little pappilose.
Fl. Per.: July
Holotype: Herb. In monte Demavend Persiae borealis alt. 6,500 ft., 1878, Kotschy 345 (G), Isotype (K, PR, W).
A-7 Chitral, Laspur, S.A. Bowes Lyon 40 (BM), Churmarkhan Pass E. of Mastuj c 13,000 ft, on open slopes, J.D.A.Stainton 2911 (BM, RAW), B-9 Kashmir valley, Janet Maxwell 82 (E).
Distribution: Turkey, Iran, Kyrgyzstan (Tien Shan), Pakistan, Kashmir and China.
A rare species found in the drier regions of northern Pakistan (Chitral dist.) & upper Kashmir valley between 4,000 and 4,500 m.