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Potentilla canadensis L.

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Potentilla canadensis, Dwarf Cinquefoil
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Potentilla canadensis, Dwarf Cinquefoil

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Potentilla canadensis
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Potentilla canadensis

Potentilla canadensis
© Copyright Bobby Hattaway 2011 · 5
Potentilla canadensis
Potentilla canadensis
© Copyright Bobby Hattaway 2011 · 5
Potentilla canadensis

Potentilla canadensis
© Copyright Bobby Hattaway 2011 · 5
Potentilla canadensis
Potentilla canadensis
© Copyright Bobby Hattaway 2011 · 5
Potentilla canadensis

Potentilla canadensis
© Copyright Bobby Hattaway 2011 · 5
Potentilla canadensis
Potentilla canadensis
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Potentilla canadensis

Potentilla canadensis, seed
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Potentilla canadensis, seed
Potentilla canadensis, Dwarf cinquefoil
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Potentilla canadensis, Dwarf cinquefoil

Associates · map
FamilyScientific name @ source (records)
Andrenidae  Andrena melanochroa @ AMNH_BEE (1)

Andrena nigrae @ AMNH_BEE (1)

Panurginus potentillae @ UCRC_ENT (3)
Aphididae  Anthracosiphon crystleae @ NCSU_ENT (3)
Apidae  Nomada articulata @ AMNH_BEE (9)

Nomada cressonii @ AMNH_BEE (1)

Nomada seneciophila @ AMNH_BEE (1)
Colletidae  Hylaeus mesillae @ AMNH_BEE (1)
Dermateaceae  Discohainesia oenotherae @ 656220C (1); 656220A (1); 656220B (1); BPI (1)
Exidiaceae  Exidiopsis potentillae @ BPI (1)
Halictidae  Lasioglossum imitatum @ AMNH_BEE (1)

Lasioglossum pilosum @ AMNH_BEE (1)
Mycosphaerellaceae  Mycosphaerella fragariae @ BPI (1)

Ramularia arvensis @ BPI (6)
Nectriaceae  Nectria coccinea @ BPI (1)
Phragmidiaceae  Kuehneola canadensis @ BPI (1)

Kuehneola obtusa @ BPI (12)

Kuehneola potentillae @ BPI (1)

Phragmidium fragariae @ BPI (1)

Phragmidium fragariastri @ BPI (2)

Phragmidium potentillae-canadensis @ BPI (220)

Phragmidium potentillae @ BPI (36); 125894B (1); 125894A (1)

Phragmidium triarticulatum @ BPI (1)
Phyllachoraceae  Phyllachora potentillae @ BPI (3)
Pucciniaceae  Puccinia potentillae @ BPI (1)
Sebacinaceae  Sebacina incrustans @ BPI (1)
Synchytriaceae  Synchytrium aureum @ BPI (8)

Synchytrium myosotidis @ BPI (4)

Synchytrium potentillae @ BPI (5)
Taphrinaceae  Taphrina deformans @ BPI (1)

Taphrina potentillae @ BPI (54)

Taphrina tormentillae @ BPI (3)
Typhulaceae  Sclerotium delphinii @ BPI (1)
Xylariaceae  Sphaeria potentillae @ BPI (7)
_  Coniosporium harknessioides @ BPI (1)

Darluca bubakiana @ BPI (4)

Darluca filum @ BPI (6)

Frommea obtusa @ 128167B (1); 128257B (1); 128172A (1); 128210A (1); 128167A (1); 128288A (1); 128147A (1); 128172B (1); 128288B (1); BPI (205); 128340A (1); 128147B (1); 128257A (1); 193720A (1); 193720B (1); 128286B (1); 128340B (1); 128144B (1); 128144A (1); 128286A (1); 128161A (1); 128210B (1)

Frommeella mexicana @ BPI (1)

Frommeella @ BPI (1)

Magnusiella potentillae @ BPI (1)

Pachybasium pyramidale @ BPI (1)

Stigmatea potentillae @ BPI (2)

Uredo @ BPI (1)

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Potentilla canadensis  L.

Canadian Cinquefoil

Potentilla canadensis plant

Family - Rosaceae

Stems - No info. yet.

Leaves - No info. yet.

Potentilla canadensis leaf

Potentilla canadensis leaf

Inflorescence - No info. yet.

Flowers - No info. yet.

Potentilla canadensis flower Flower close-up.

Potentilla canadensis hypanthium Hypanthium.

Flowering - April - May.

Habitat - Rocky open woods, valleys around and sandstone strata. Typically in acid soils.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This little species can be found in the central Ozark region of Missouri. Its small but showy yellow flowers can be seen fairly early in the spring.
Natives used a tea made from the pounded roots of this species as a treatment for diarrhea. This and other members of the genus are considered astringents.
Another species, P. simplex Michx. , is similar but is slightly less repent, and has longer leaflets than P. canadensis . P. simplex is also found throughout Missouri and is much more common than P. canadensis .

Photographs taken in Brown Summit, NC., 4-12-02 and 4-12-03.

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Potentilla canadensis L.
dwarf cinquefoil

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General Information
Symbol: POCA17
Group: Dicot
Family: Rosaceae
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit : Forb/herb
Native Status : CAN   N
L48   N
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©Thomas G. Barnes. Barnes, T.G., and S.W. Francis. 2004. Wildflowers and ferns of Kentucky . University Press of Kentucky. Usage Requirements .

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Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. Vol. 2: 251. Provided by Kentucky Native Plant Society . Scanned by Omnitek Inc . Usage Requirements .




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Rank Scientific Name and Common Name
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass Rosidae
Order Rosales
Family Rosaceae – Rose family
Genus Potentilla L. – cinquefoil
Species Potentilla canadensis L. – dwarf cinquefoil

Subordinate Taxa

The Plants Database includes the following 2 subspecies of Potentilla canadensis . Click below on a thumbnail map or name for subspecies profiles. Plant is native (blue) Native Plant is introduced Introduced Plant is introduced Native and Introduced Related taxa legend Distribution of <i>
Potentilla canadensis</i>
L. var. <i>
canadensis </i>
Potentilla canadensis var. canadensis
dwarf cinquefoil Distribution of <i>
Potentilla canadensis</i>
L. var. <i>
Potentilla canadensis var. villosissima
dwarf cinquefoil

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University of Tennessee Herbarium (Distribution) (POCA17)
University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point Freckmann Herbarium (POCA17)



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Miller, J.H., and K.V. Miller. 1999. Forest plants of the southeast and their wildlife uses . Southern Weed Science Society.

Description of Values

Value Class Food Cover
High Average 25-50% of diet Regular source of cover
Low 5-10% of diet Infrequently used as cover
Minor 2-5% of diet Sparsely used as cover
Moderate Average 10-25% of diet Occasional source of cover

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