Sibbaldia purpurea Royle, Ill. Bot. Himal. Mts. 1: 208, pl. 40, f. 3 208 1835. (Syn: Potentilla purpurea (Royle) Hook. f.);
Himalaya to Tibet: East Himalaya, Nepal, Tibet, West Himalaya as per POWO;


Upper Chamba id al290811:  Any idea what this little beauty is…

Location Chamba
Altitude 4000 mts
Habit herb
Habitat wild
I also aplogise for the not so good quality in a lot of pics.. and the reason being was that I was practically dragging my scooter alone all the way on a very rough road up to the pass in the middle of nowhere… an adventure I’ll not forget…
and these were taken in between whenever I stopped to take breath… :))

Sibbaldia purpurea Royle
Family : Rosaceae
Small herbaceous perenniale or small undershrub
Flowers red purple, with widely placed elliptical petals longer than the triangular calyx lobes. Leaflets five elliptic to obovate 1cm silvery haired. All these features are nicely depicted in the given shots. Great pictures

Sibbaldia purpurea Royle Ill. Bot. Himal. Mts. 1: 208, pl. 40, f. 3 208 1835. Family: ROSACEAE
Current Location: Rohtang Pass, Himachal.


Rosaceae week : Sibbaldia purpurea at Rohtang Pass:
Rosaceae week : Sibbaldia purpurea at Rohtang Pass
I captured this in Aug few years back.


Sibbaldia purpurea Royle
Many thanks to … for the ID in my earlier post.
at Hemkund Sahib on August 3, 2012

Nice! id is correct.

Thanks …, we missed this beauty..  Very beautiful rainfed pictures…!!

Thank you very much, … I hope you make it to this paradise very soon. The place haunts me.

Beautiful pics. Flowers are tiny so a lot of effort is required to present so much details. And at the altitude of Hemkund (4500m) even a step is difficult. Thanks for sharing this species. It is not common in Uttarakhand alpines.


Habitat: on rock, mountain slope
Habit: ground-cover herb, about 10 cm high; flower about 8 – 10 mm across (not sure)
… tentative ID provided by …

I think yes

Yes sibbaldia purpurea, but beautiful shot.



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