Sibbaldia cuneata Hornem. ex Kuntze (Afghanistan to W. & S. Central China, Taiwan: Afghanistan, China South-Central, East Himalaya, Nepal, Pakistan, Qinghai, Taiwan, Tibet, West Himalaya as per POWO)

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Sibbaldia micropetala (D. Don) Hand.-Mazz. (Himalaya to N. India and S. Central China: China South-Central, East Himalaya, India, Nepal, Tibet, West Himalaya as per POWO)

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Sibbaldia purpurea Royle (Himalaya to Tibet: East Himalaya, Nepal, Tibet, West Himalaya as per POWO)

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Sibbaldia tetrandra Bunge (Central Asia to Siberia and Himalaya: Altay, Buryatiya, East Himalaya, Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, Mongolia, Nepal, Qinghai, Tadzhikistan, Tuva, West Himalaya, Xinjiang as per POWO)

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Sibbaldianthe bifurca subsp. orientalis (Juz.) Kurtto & T.Erikss. (China (Gansu, Hebei, Heilongjiang, Jilin, Nei Mongol, Shaanxi, Shanxi, Xinjiang), Siberia (C-Siberia), Russian Far East, Mongolia, Northern Caucasus, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Belarus (introduced), Afghanistan (Badakshan, Wakhan, Baghlan, Bamyan, Kunar / Nuristan, Laghman, Parwan), Pakistan (Chitral), Pakistani Kashmir (Astor, Gilgit, Baltistan), Jammu & Kashmir (Ladakh, Rupshu, Kashmir), N-India, Nepal as per Catalogue of Life)

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List of species as per BSI Flora of India (with Distribution):

Name Volume (Distribution)
Sibbaldia adpressa 1: Jammu & Kashmir, Sikkim
Sibbaldia axilliflora 1: Uttar Pradesh
Sibbaldia compacta 1: Sikkim
Sibbaldia cuneata 1: Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir
Sibbaldia micropetala 1: Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Sikkim, Uttar Pradesh
Sibbaldia parviflora 1: var. parviflora: Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir; var. micrantha: Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Sikkim, Uttar Pradesh
Sibbaldia perpusilla 1: Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Sikkim, Uttar Pradesh
Sibbaldia perpusilloides 1: Sikkim
Sibbaldia purpurea 1: var. purpurea: Sikkim; var. macropetala: Sikkim; var. pentaphylla: Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Sikkim, Uttar Pradesh
Sibbaldia pusilla 1: Sikkim
Sibbaldia sikkimensis 1: Sikkim
Sibbaldia tetrandra 1: Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Sikkim, Uttar Pradesh
Sibbaldia trullifolia 1: Sikkim

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The Family Rosaceae in India/Revisionary Studies on Potentilla L., Sibbaldia L. & Brachycaulos Dikshit & Panigr.- Vol. 4 by B.K. Dikshit and G. Panigrahi, BSMPS, 1998,

Contents: Preface. Introduction. Materials & methods. Delimitation of the family Rosaceae Juss. Delimitation of the tribes and subtribes. Taxonomic treatment. I. Genus Potentilla L. 1. Origin of the genus. 2. Ancestral relationships of the genus. 3. Generic delimitation within Potentilla L. Sensu lato. 4. Significance of morphological characters. 5. Delimitation of infrageneric categories within Potentilla L. sensu stricto. 6. Systematic account. 7. Discussion. II. Genus Sibbaldia L. III. Genus Brachycaulos Dikshit & Panigrahi. Bibliography. Appendix. Subject index.
“The last great work on the taxonomy of the family Rosaceae Juss, sensu lato in the Indian region, was that of J.D. Hooker (1878). Wolfs (1908) monograph of the genus Potentilla L. comprising then 305 species in the world flora, did not include India, nor did the publications of J. Sojak of Czeckoslovakia, who meticulously studied the genus Potentilla over the last four decades and more. In this context, revisionary studies on as many as 24 of the 37 genera of the family within the political boundaries of India of today, published in four volumes, by G. Panigrahi and his Research Scholars, are of great significance and will of interest to all those interested in the flora of India and of the family Rosaceae in particular (see Robertson, 1991; Kalkman, 1993, 1996; Vaughan, 1993; Schmid 1993, 1997 and Sojak, 1997. Kalkman (1995) commends these studies as “thorough piece (s) of research” and which would “serve as model for regional revisionary” researches, both in India and abroad.

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Botanical name Synonyms Family Common name
Sibbaldia cuneata Potentilla sibbaldi, Sibbaldia parviflora Rosaceae Wedge Leaf Sibbaldia
Sibbaldia micropetala Potentilla albifolia, Potentilla mairei, Potentilla micropetala Rosaceae Small-Flowered Sibbaldia
Sibbaldia purpurea Potentilla purpurea Rosaceae Purple Glow Wort
Sibbaldia tetrandra Potentilla tetrandra, Dryadanthe tetrandra, Dryadanthe bungeana Rosaceae Four-Stamen Sibbaldia

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Sibbaldia micropetala (D. Don) Hand.-Mazz. in G. Karsten & H. Schenck (Kashmir, India, Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan, Eastern Himalayas and China (Yunnan))
Sibbaldia perpusilloides (W.W. Smith) Hand.-Mazz. (Afghanistan, Burma, Bhutan, Nepal and China (Xizang and Yunnan))
Sibbaldia procumbens L. (Widely distributed in Asia, Europe and North America)
Sibbaldia purpurea Royle (Kashmir, India, Nepal, Bhutan, and Southwestern China (Sikiang), Sichuan and Yunnan provinces)
Sibbaldia tetrandra Bunge in Mem (Afghanistan, China, Pakistan, Nepal, Kashmir and former USSR)

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Sibbaldia adpressa Bunge [Mongolia, Nepal, Russia].
Sibbaldia cuneata Hornem. ex Kuntze (C. Asia, Afghanistan, Himalaya, Tibet, China)
Sibbaldia emodi H. Ikeda & H. Ohba (No distribution given
in India
) synonymous with Piletophyllum emodi (H.Ikeda & H.Ohba) Soj k .
Sibbaldia perpusilloides (W. W. Sm.) Hand.-Mazz. (E. Himalaya (E. Nepal, Sikkim), China)
Sibbaldia purpurea Royle (Himalaya (Kashmir to Bhutan))
Sibbaldia sikkimensis (Prain) Chatterjee (E. Himalaya (E. Nepal, Sikkim))
Sibbaldia tetrandra Bunge (Himalaya (Kashmir, Nepal, Sikkim), Tibet)

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Sibbaldia adpressa Bunge in Ledebour [Mongolia, Nepal, Russia].
Sibbaldia cuneata Hornemann ex Kuntze [Afghanistan, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Sikkim].
Sibbaldia perpusilloides (W. W. Smith) Handel-Mazzetti [Bhutan, N Myanmar, Nepal, Sikkim].
Sibbaldia procumbens var. procumbens [widely distributed in N temperate zone, extending N nearly to arctic circle]. 
Sibbaldia purpurea var. purpurea [Bhutan, NW India, Nepal, Sikkim]. 
Sibbaldia sikkimensis (Prain) Chatterjee [N Myanmar, Nepal, Sikkim].
Sibbaldia tetrandra Bunge [Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia (W Siberia), Sikkim; C Asia].

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Sibbaldia (Rosaceae) : 1 post by 1 author.

I have updated eFI (efloraofindia) page on Sibbaldia (Pl. click).

Attempts have been made to incorporate most of the species available in India & nearby areas with details & keys directly or through links as far as possible. It’s quite possible that there may be some discrepancy in the accepted names & synonyms taken from other links.

Species discussed so far in efloraofindia are given at the bottom of the page in the form of links against Subpages. On clicking them one can see all the details.

If someone can provide complete list of Indian species with source references it will be wonderful.

Any comments/ corrections are welcome.


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The small alpine Potentilla described as Potentilla sibbaldii Haller.f. in Flora of British India has gone either as Sibbaldia procumbens var. procumbens (eFlora Pakistan; eFlora China) or S. cuneata Hornem ex Kuntze. The Plant list treats P. sibbaldii described in FBI (synonym of Sibbaldia parviflora Willd.) as distinct from P. sibbaldii of Haller.f. (synonym of S. procumbens)
 
We thus have three plants to account for, luckily two are described in eFlora of China.
Sibbaldia cuneata: Stems erect or ascending, epicalyx equalling calyx; petals equalling or longer than calyx
Sibbaldia procumbens var. procumbens: Stems prostrate or ascending; epicalyx much shorter than calyx; petals shorter than sepals.
Sibbaldia parviflora: Much like S. procumbens but densely downy and appearing Grey
There are two plants uploaded in our database. One by me as S. procumbens var. procumbens. This should be S. cuneataefi thread
The second by … uploaded as Sibbaldia cuneata should be S. parviflora- efi thread
… has perhaps correctly identified his plant as S. parvifloraefi thread
Your comments please

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Sibbaldia page with comparative images:
Pl. go through Sibbaldia‎‎ (Rosaceae) page with comparative images of species in efloraofindia. On clicking the link of species, one can check the complete details. Genus pages generally give details of most of the species found in India.
I request you to pl. go through & point out mistakes, if any. I hope this will aid in identification in future. If anybody can send images of other species of this genus (for incorporation in the website), if any, or can identify unidentified images, it will be really nice.


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