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Potentilla canadensis

Potentilla canadensis L.

 

Canadian Dwarf Cinquefoil, Dwarf Cinquefoil

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae (from Stearn’s Botanical Latin)
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassRosidaeRoses, legumes, proteas, dogwoods, hydrangeas, mistletoes, euphorbias, grapes, many more
OrderRosalesRose family and eight others
FamilyRosaceaeIncludes apples, apricots, plums, cherries, peaches, pears, raspberries, strawberries, almonds, roses, meadowsweets, photinias, firethorns, rowans, and hawthorns; many others
GenusPotentillaLatin for “powerful,” for the medicinal qualities of some species
Speciescanadensis“From Canada”

About plant names...

Canadian dwarf cinquefoil is a North American native. “Cinquefoil” means five-leaved. These low plants remind me of wild strawberries, except that the flowers are yellow.

Identification: Plants are 2-6" (5-15 cm) high, with hairy reddish stems. Leaves are palmate, that is, split into five palmlike leaflets, each leaflet up to 1½" (3.8 cm) long. The top half of each leaflet is toothed. Flowers are yellow, with five petals, ¼-½" (6.3-12 mm) in diameter, appearing from May to the middle of June.

Online References:

Potentilla canadensis on Missouriplants.com

Potentilla canadensis at Illinois Wildflowers

Potentilla canadensis on Southeastern Flora, the Southeastern U.S. Plant Identification Resource

Potentilla canadensis on Henriette’s Herbal Homepage

Potentilla canadensis on Erv Evans' site at the North Carolina State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Potentilla canadensis on Wildflowers of the United States

Potentilla canadensis at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Potentilla canadensis on www.cumauriceriver.org

Potentilla canadensis (Canadian Dwarf Cinquefoil, Dwarf Cinquefoil)

5/31/2016 · J. Harry Rich State Forest, Pepperell, MA

Potentilla canadensis (Canadian Dwarf Cinquefoil, Dwarf Cinquefoil)

5/21/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Groton, MA
≈ 11 × 7" (27 × 18 cm)

Potentilla canadensis (Canadian Dwarf Cinquefoil, Dwarf Cinquefoil)

5/7/2010 · Tom and Susan’s, Pepperell, MA
≈ 6 × 4½" (16 × 12 cm)

Potentilla canadensis description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 17 Jun 2016.

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Potentilla canadensis (Canadian Dwarf Cinquefoil, Dwarf Cinquefoil)

5/21/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Groton, MA
≈ 11 × 7" (27 × 18 cm)

Potentilla canadensis (Canadian Dwarf Cinquefoil, Dwarf Cinquefoil)

5/21/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Groton, MA
≈ 12 × 8" (31 × 20 cm)

Potentilla canadensis (Canadian Dwarf Cinquefoil, Dwarf Cinquefoil)

5/31/2016 · J. Harry Rich State Forest, Pepperell, MA

Potentilla canadensis (Canadian Dwarf Cinquefoil, Dwarf Cinquefoil)

5/12/2007 · Tom and Susan’s, Pepperell, MA ID is uncertain

Potentilla canadensis (Canadian Dwarf Cinquefoil, Dwarf Cinquefoil)

5/21/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Groton, MA
≈ 12 × 8" (31 × 20 cm)

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