Potentilla gerardiana Lindl. ex Lehm., Nov. Strip. Pug. 3: 23. 1831 (syn: Potentilla fragarioides Hook.f. (non L.));

Potentilla gerardiana Lindl. ex Lehm., Nov. Strip. Pug. 3: 23. 1831.
synPotentilla fragarioides sensu Hook. f.
Prostrate or ascending perennial herb with woody rootstock; basal leaves 3-5, pinnate with 5-7 leaflets, lower stem leaves with 5 leaflets, upper with 3 leaflets, obovate to oblong, serrate-dentate, 2-2.5 cm long, upper surface sparsely pilose, lower densely pilose; stipules entire or upper bifid; flowers in loose cymes, 10-13 mm across, petals obovate or obcordate; carpels many, style subterminal.

Photographed from Caubatia garden, Ranikhet and from Chakauri


Potentilla peduncularisFrom alpine meadows.

This does NOT match Potentilla peduncularis – a species not recorded from H.P. but not found further West than Nepal.
There are quite a lot of Potentillas in H.P., some of which I am not familiar with yet.  I shall take another look at this when time permits – though have a pretty good idea what it probably is.

You will agree that this does not look at all like the other Potentilla from Ladakh which has been posted under the same name.

Thanks for pointing out the mis-identification by me. It sure is not Potentilla peduncularis. Another case of casual matching of images with something similar looking and arriving at identification! I’ll try to be more careful in future. Kindly, help in identification of the species.

Matches with P. gerardiana (syn P. frsagarioides sensu Hook.f.)


On way to Churdhar, Himachal Pradesh (ca 2500m): August 2010; efi thread


Family: Rosaceae
Date: 25th May
Place: Haripurdhar-Nohradhar Route, Himachal Pradesh

Habit: Herb
Altitude: 2000 metres above sea level

Potentilla species so far in efi 

Just now I opened the mail and looked the pictures.  Without detail again it is difficult. It is also from Himachal Pradesh. It can be checked with P.saundersiana alongwith other allied species.

I think P. gerardiana (syn Potentilla fragarioides sensu Hook. f.)

I guess both suggested do not match !

I think appears close to P. gerardiana as suggested by …, as per GBIF – specimen 1 and specimen 2






References: The Plant List Ver.1.1 (Unresolved)  Flora of PakistanJSTOR(Specimen) India Biodiversity Portal

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