Dasiphora dryadanthoides Juz., Fl. USSR. 10: 72. 1941. (syn: Pentaphylloides dryadanthoides (Juz.) Soják ; Potentilla dryadanthoides (Juz.) Vorosch.; Potentilla dryadanthoides (Juz.) Vorosch. ex M.Shah ; Potentilla phyllocalyx subsp. dryadanthoides (Juz.) Podlech );
C-Asia, Pakistani Kashmir (Gilgit, Baltistan), Jammu & Kashmir (Ladakh, Rupshu, Zanskar) as per Catalogue of Life ;
070722 JM 3: 7 images.
From Changla pass (17600 ft) to Pangong (14000 ft.) on 17.6.22, in Ladakh
Dasiphora dryadanthoides Juz.
Thanks, …, for the wonderful id.
Yes, matches with images at
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There have been a lot of nomenclatural and taxonomic changes to what was known as Potentilla fruticosa and its varieties in the past. A very polymorphic ‘species’ varying in habit, indumentum, leaflet number, calyx and epicalyx size.
I shall leave it to you to decide who to follow as to its current ‘Accepted Name’. I am at this time following Dickore & Klimes Ladakh Checklist (2005)- Dasiphora dryadanthoides Juzepczuk
There appears to be no entry for this in eFI – under any name.
Flowers of the Himalaya knew it as Potentilla fruticosa var. pumila – common in the dry Tibetan borderlands to 5500m; a low prostrate shrub with tiny silvery-haired leaves. There is a line drawing.
Stewart also knew it as Potentilla fruticosa var. pumila from N.Pakistan & Ladakh @ 3900-5180m.
I am familiar with it from Ladakh and at Zingzingbar at the base of the Baralacha, Lahoul.
‘Flora of Lahaul-Spiti’ knew it as Potentilla arbuscula var. pumila – common on rocks and sandy-gravely slopes between Patseo and Zingzingbar.
‘Flora of Bhutan’ (1987) knew it as P.arbuscula var. pumila – from exposed stony slopes @ 3900-4200m in Bhutan & Sikkim.
See: http://photos.v-d-brink.eu/Flora-and-Fauna/Asia/Pakistan-new/i-sWGrnHx and other images taken in Baltistan
I am attaching a fine image taken by Feroze Khan & Mudita Badwhar thanks to Deepak Badwhar -illustrates the habit of this plant very well indeed.
Plus a shot scanned in from a slide taken in the 1980s – showing the habitat of the plant beside the Durung Drung glacier in Zanskar. The ‘soil’ it grew in was largely sand.