Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


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  Potentilla recta L. image
Photographer: Merel R. Black           

Botanical Illustration

Emmet J. Judziewicz

Matthew L. Wagner

Margery Melgaard

Merel R. Black

Merel R. Black

Robert W. Freckmann
Family Rosaceae
Potentilla recta L.
rough-fruited cinquefoil, sulphur cinquefoil, sulphur five-fingers
Potentilla: comes from the Latin diminutive of potens meaning "powerful" in reference to the medicinal properties of some species
recta: upright, erect
County distribution map- click for detailed distribution maps.
Detailed Distribution:
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Status: Introduced - naturalized
Plant: erect, perennial, 16"-32" tall, hairy forb, unbranched to the inflorescence
Flower: pale yellow, 5-parted, 3/4" wide; inflorescence of many flowers in flattened, branched cluster (cyme); blooms June-Aug.
Fruit:dry seed
Leaf:palmately-divided, deeply-toothed; lower leaves long-stalked with 5-7 leaflets; upper leaves smaller, shorter stalked and with 3 leaflets
Habitat: dry; disturbed sites

More Information Natural Communities Herbarium Specimens
All Potentilla list Google- Images or Text
Potentilla pilosa Willd.
Potentilla recta L. var. obscura (Nestl.) W.D.J.Koch
Potentilla recta L. var. pilosa (Willd.) Ledeb.
Potentilla recta L. var. sulphurea (Lam.) Peyr.
Potentilla sulphurea Lam.

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