Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


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  Comarum palustre L. image
Photographer: Derek Anderson           

Botanical Illustration

Botanical Illustration

Arthur Meeks

Derek Anderson

Kitty Kohout

Kurt Stüber

Matthew L. Wagner

Merel R. Black

Christopher Noll

Christopher Noll

Christopher Noll

Paul Skawinski

Robert W. Freckmann
Family Rosaceae
Comarum palustre L.
marsh cinquefoil
Comarum: Greek name of the Arbutus having a similar fruit
palustre: "of marshes"
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Status: Native
Plant: sprawling, perennial, 8"-24" tall, emergent, semi-aquatic; stems reddish-brown, coarse, somewhat woody below; from long rhizomes
Flower: purple to red, 5-parted, 3/4" wide, petals half as long as the sepals; inflorescence a few-flowered, leafy cluster; blooms June-Aug.
Fruit:head of smooth, dry seeds
Leaf:long stalked, pinnately-divided into 5-7 leaflets, oblong to elliptical, sharply toothed
Habitat: bogs, swamps, streambanks; in mucky, peaty soil

More Information Natural Communities Herbarium Specimens
All Comarum list Ethnobotany Information Google- Images or Text
Potentilla palustris (L.) Scop.
Potentilla palustris (L.) Scop. var. parvifolia (Raf.) Fernald & B.H.Long
Potentilla palustris (L.) Scop. var. villosa (Pers.) Lehm.

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