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Genus Potentilla Family Rosaceae

Description: Perennial, rarely annual or biennial herbs [or small shrubs].

Leaves usually palmately or pinnately compound, leaflets commonly toothed or dissected, mostly hairy; stipules fused to petiole.

Flowers solitary or in cymes. Hypanthium shallow. Epicalyx similar to, and alternating with, 5 sepals. Petals usually 5, commonly yellow, [rarely white, red or purplish]. Stamens 10–30. Carpels usually 10–80.

Fruit a head of achenes on an elongated dry or spongy receptacle.


Distribution and occurrence: World: 500 species, cosmopolitan, chiefly northern temperate & Arctic regions. Australia: 4 species (naturalized), N.S.W., Vic., Tas.

Text by G. J. Harden & A. N. Rodd
Taxon concept:

Taxa not yet included in identification key
Potentilla indica,    Potentilla vesca

 Key to the species 
1Leaves pinnate; flowers solitary, axillary2
Leaves palmate; inflorescence terminal, cymose, many-floweredPotentilla recta
2Plants with stolons; petals longer than sepals; peduncles more than 50 mm longPotentilla anserina
Plants without stolons; petals shorter than sepals; peduncles less than 5 mm long
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Potentilla supina

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