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19. Potentilla kashmirica Hook. f., Fl. Brit. Ind. 2: 355. 1878. Th. Wolf in Bibl. Bot. 71: 485. 1908, R. R. Stewart, Ann. Catalogue Vasc. Pl. W. Pak. & Kashm. 356. 1972. (Fig. 8, E-H).

Muqarrab Shah

Department of Microbiology, Hazara University, Mansehra, Pakistan

Potentilla kashmirica

Perennial, erect herbs. Rootstock thick and woody. Flowering stem erect, up to 40 cm long, dichotomously branched above, tomentose and long pilose intermixed. Basal leaves palmately 5 foliate, upper 3-5 foliate, petioles 5-6 cm long with 4-5 mm long, soft spreading villose and short curly hairs. Basal stipules adnate with long linear acute and acuminate auricles, upper stipules ovate, green and leafy. Leaflets 2-3 x 1-1.5 cm, obovate-oblong to oblong-elliptic, deeply inciso-serrate, teeth ± acute, regular, upper surface of leaflets densely pilose, lower surface with short curly hairs and long pilose intermixed. Flowers many, 1-1.2 cm diam, pedicels 1-1.5 cm long, white tomentose. Sepals subequal with long spreading hairs, outer oblong obtuse, inner ovate acute. Petals yellow, obcordate. Stamens about 25. Receptacle pilose. Carpels numerous, styles c. 1.4 mm long, subterminal, thickened below, not papillose.

Fl. Per.: July-August

Holotype: Nowgungi, Kashmir 29170, C.B. Clarke (K).

Distribution: Endemic to Kashmir.

A distinct species easily recognized by its erect habit, pentafoliate stem leaves which are shortly petioled and dichotomously branched, h aving many-flowered, cymose inflorescence.

Grows up to 2,500 m. A rare species.


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