Leontopodium fimbrilligerum Drumm.
Stoloniferous, dense mat forming herbs, 4-10 cm. Stolons slender with scattered recurved scales or non sheathing small leaves. Flowering stem very slender, hairy. Leaves oblong lanceolate to spathulate 3-9 x 2-3 mm, obtuse, usually covered with dense pale yellow tomentum (rarely somewhat greyish). Capitula terminal, 1-10, 4-6 mm across, on 0.5-5 cm long axis, subtended by pale yellow, radiating, woolly, oblanceolate-spathulate, 12-15 x 3-4 mm, inflorescence bracts. Phyllaries 2-3-seriate, ovate-lanceolate, 4-6.2 x 1-2 mm with blackish, lacerate, scarious margins. Corollas c. 3 mm long, 4-lobed. Cypselas pubescent, c. 1 mm long, pappus setae 15-18, c. 4 mm long, white, barbellate to slightly plumose.
Type: Himalaya alt. Ped. 12000-15000 Gastoli Versus portum Mána, Edgeworth (K).
Distribution: Pakistan, India, Nepal and Bhutan.
This species has also been reported from Baltistan and Shyok Valley by Stewart, l.c. We have not seen any specimen from these areas. The specimen cited here from Gittidas (Hazara) is also immature but its dense mat forming habit and dense yellow tomentum of the leaves leave no doubt about its identity. A rare species in our area, seems to be more common, further east.