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Biebersteinia odora Stephen ex Fischer in Mem. Soc. Imp. Naturalistes Moscou 1: 89. t. 9. 1806, non Royle 1834. B. emodi Jaub. & Spach, Ill. Pl. Orient. 2: 109. 1846; Edgew. & Hook. f. in Hook.f., Fl. Brit. India 1: 427. 1874.

Ladakh: Shekavpa.

Herbs, suffrutescent, 10 - 40 cm high, glandular-pubescent; rootstocks tufted. Leaves 6 - 15 cm long, pinnatisect, linear with 12 - 18 pairs of small, broad irregularly lobed leaflets; lobes pinnatifid, 4 - 18 mm long; cauline leaves small. Flowers racemose, ca 10.5 mm across; bracts leafy, ovate-oblong, 4 - 6 mm long; bracteoles 2, lanceolate-ovate; pedicels equalling calyx, glandular-hairy. Sepals elliptic-oblong, 7 - 9 mm long, glandular-pubescent. Corolla yellow-orange in centre; petals nearly orbicular, narrow at base, sparsely ciliate. Filaments hairy. Styles slender, united at apex. Nutlets ca 3 mm long, rugose.

Fl. & Fr. July - Aug.

Distrib. India: Alipine regions of W. Himalayas, in dry rocky areas, 4300 - 5600 m.

W. Tibet.

Notes. This species resembles a Potentilla in many respects, and has a spicy odour.

Uses. In Ladakh an aqueous extract of powdered aerial part is used externally to cure opthalmic diseases.


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