Bistorta affinis (D. Don) Greene, Leafl. bot. observ. 1:21, 1904
syn: Polygonum affine D. Don; Persicaria affinis (D. Don) Ronse Decr.
Common name: Himalayan fleece-flower
Perennial plant with woody rootstock clothed with old stipules, and procumbent tufted branches up to 25 cm long; leaves mostly basal, elliptic-lanceolate, margins recurved, crenate, glabrous; stem leaves few; ochrea up to 1 cm long, many-nerved, brown; flowers pedicellate, white turning rosy with age, in compact 5-8 cm long erect spicate racemes; tepals 5, biseriate; stamens 8; ovary trigonous with long free styles; nut trigonous, 2-2.5 mm long.
Photographed from Apharwat Mountain in Kashmir in August, often forming patches among rocky slopes, alt. 3500 m.
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