Potentilla crebridens subsp. hemicryophila
in A. I. Tolmatchew, Fl. Arct. URSS 9(1): 318. 1984.
Plants ± tufted. Caudex branches slender to stout, not columnar, not sheathed with marcescent whole leaves. Stems ascending to erect, 0.8–2 dm, lengths 2–3 (–4) times basal leaves. Basal leaves 3–8 cm; petiole 0.5–5 cm, cottony hairs usually dense, sometimes sparse, other hair types and glands absent or obscured; leaflets ± overlapping, central obovate, 0.6–2 × 0.5–1.2 cm, subsessile, base cuneate, margins slightly revolute, distal 3/4 to nearly whole length incised 1/4–1/3 (–1/2) to midvein, teeth (3–) 5–8 (–12) per side, approximate, surfaces ± to strongly dissimilar, abaxial ± white, long hairs 0.7–1.2 mm, cottony-crisped hairs usually dense, adaxial green to grayish green, long hairs sparse to abundant, short and/or crisped hairs sparse to abundant. Cauline leaves 0–1. Inflorescences 1–6-flowered. Pedicels 1–1.5 cm in flower, to 3 cm in fruit. Flowers: epicalyx bractlets linear, 3–5 × 0.2–0.6 mm, usually less than 1/4 as wide as sepals, margins flat, red-glands absent; hypanthium 4–4.5 mm diam.; sepals 5–6 mm, apex acute; petals 5–7 × 5–8 mm, slightly longer than sepals; filaments 1 mm, anthers 0.4 mm; carpels 25–30, apical hairs absent, styles columnar, not or ± papillate-swollen on less than proximal 1/5, 0.9–1.1 mm. Achenes 1.1 mm. 2n = 28 (Russian Far East).
Phenology: Flowering summer.
Habitat: Dry alpine ridges and meadows, well-drained slopes, rocky outcrops, scree, on calcareous bedrock
Elevation: 0–1500 m
Yukon, Alaska, Asia (Russian Far East), Asia (Siberia)
Nearly half of the Alaska and Yukon (Beringian) specimens previously assigned to Potentilla nivea belongs to P. crebridens subsp. hemicryophila, which is tetraploid; P. nivea is high polyploid. Intermediates were not seen, and the two species may be reproductively isolated by the ploidal difference. See B. A. Jurtzev (1984) for additional character differences.
"dm" is not declared as a valid unit of measurement for this property.