Potentilla fruticosa var. pumila Hook. f.
Prostrate shrubs with ascending branches. Stem branched, woody with the bark peeling off, reddish-brown, adpressed pilose, young branches covered with stipulate sheaths. Leaves pinnate, 7-nate mixed with 5-nate leaves, petioles small and hairy. Stipules ovate-obtuse, vaginate, reddish-brown. Leaflets 0.4-0.6 x 0.2-0.3 cm., ovate-elliptic, slightly revolute, acute, sparsely silky beneath. Flowers solitary, mostly lateral, small, 1.4-1.7 cm. diam, outer sepals 0.3-0.5 x 0.2 cm., shorter than the inner sepals, covered with spreading silky, hairs. Petals suborbicular, 0.7-0.8 cm. long, yellow. Stamens about 25. Carpels numerous, styles clavate, c. 2.0 mm. long, lateral. Achenes concealed in sericeous hairs.
Type: Described from Pamir, at the source of Aksai River (Murgab) (LE).
Distribution: Central Asia (Pamir-Alai) Pakistan, Kashmir, India, China, Nepal and Bhutan.
Fairly common species in Pakistan (Gilgit, Baltistan, and Chitral) and Kashmir, generally found on stony places in the dry subalpine zone between 3,500 – 5000 m.