Potentilla pamirica Th.Wolf, Trudy Imp. Bot. Sada Petra Velikago 31: 489 (1915);
Tajikistan (Pamir Alai), S.W.Mongolia, Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, Kashmir and China (Zizang and Kunlun Shan) as per Flora of Pakistan;
Common name: Pamir Cinquefoil


Potentilla fruticosa from Ladakh (16/06/2011 NSJ-01):
Potentilla fruticosa from Ladakh. Pl validate.

Not Potentilla fruticosa …, which is a shrub and not with silky leaves.
Not very sure, but this could be P. peduncularis.

I hope Potentilla sericea

Potentilla pamirica Th.Wolf as per Rosaceae Week – Potentilla Sp. (NSJ-03/10/11 -04)


Photo taken at Khardungla village (~ 16000 feet) in June 2011
botanical ID yet to be confirmed

The closest I can think is Potentilla peduncularis

Yes Sir looks like Potentilla peduncularis

This does NOT match Potentilla peduncularis – a species not only not recorded from Ladakh but not found further West than Nepal!
There are quite a lot of Potentillas in Ladakh, some of which I am not familiar with yet.  I shall take another look at this when time permits.

Do not currently have time to look closely into the 33 + species of Potentilla currently recorded for Ladakh.
I only listed 14 species in my informal check-list for Ladakh in the 1980s!
Requires not just days probably WEEKS of sustained effort to understand the genus better in Ladakh – let alone the Himalaya as a whole…..

Potentilla pamirica Th.Wolf ??

Thanks, …, for the id.
Yes, appears close as per FOI an GBIF specimens:


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Potentilla peduncularis from Khardungla (Ladakh)
16000 feet;  June 2011

Does not matches with images of this species at https://www.flowersofindia.EastHimalayanCinquefoil.html
identified by … as Potentilla sericea as per another thread: Potentilla fruticosa from Ladakh (16/06/2011 NSJ-01)

Potentilla pamirica Th.Wolf as per Rosaceae Week – Potentilla Sp. (NSJ-03/10/11 -04)


Fragaria ? 010722 JM2: 4 images.
On way from Changla Pass (17600 ft) to Pangong (14000 ft.) on 19.6.22, in Ladakh.

Potentilla saundersiana Royle ??

I think looks different from images at https://efloraofindia.com/2015/06/27/potentilla-saundersiana/

I think close to images images and details at https://efloraofindia.com/2020/12/07/potentilla-pamirica/

Sending high res. images one by one.
4 high res. images.

Potentilla gerardiana Lindl. ex Lehm. ??

Potentillas are notoriously critical and any identification from a photo a wild guess in any case. To me is looks like Potentilla pamirica, but not guaranteed.

Potentilla pamirica 2: 4 images- 2 high res.
From Changla pass (17600 ft) to Pangong (14000 ft.) on 17.6.22, in Ladakh.

More images. Same species look a little bit different at different points in the same stretch.
3 high res. images.

Here is a habit image with Astragalus oplites and Arenaria bryophylla


Potentilla pamirica: 6 images.
On way from Pangong Tso (14000 ft) to Chang La (17600 ft) in 18.6.22 in Ladakh.

I hope I’d is correct.

I guess the ID is correct!

Attaching high res. images, one by one.
10 images- 9 high res.

Potentilla pamirica ? from Ladakh: 10 images- 3 high res.
At South Pullu at around 15000 ft., while going up from Leh to Khardung La (17800 ft.) on 15.6.22.


Potentila pamirica?: 2 images
On 18.6.22 while coming down from Chang La (17600 ft) towards Leh, Ladakh.
Seen alongside road on the rocky side.

I think id is correct.

I guess so


Attaching high res. cropped images.
10 images- 8 high res.



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