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Dasiphora fruticosa subsp. floribunda (L.) Rydb. (Pursh) Kartesz
shrubby cinquefoil
Rosaceae (Rose family)

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Species Information

Low to medium shrub, 0.3-1.5 m tall; stems spreading to erect, freely branched; young branches silky-hairy but soon becoming smooth; older branches with brown, shredding bark.
Alternate, deciduous, numerous, short-stalked, pinnately compound; leaflets 3 to 7, usually 5, crowded, oblong to linear, 0.5-2 cm long, greyish-green and silky to sparsely hairy above, silvery-silky beneath, the margins entire and often rolled under.
Inflorescence of 1 to few stalked flowers, single in the leaf axils or in small clusters at the branch tips; corollas yellow, saucer-shaped, (small and pale at low elevations to larger and brighter at higher elevations), the petals 5, nearly circular, 6-14 mm long; calyces soft-hairy, 5-lobed, the lobes lance-egg-shaped, 4-9 mm long, alternating with 5 narrower, slightly longer bractlets; ovaries superior, the styles club-shaped; stamens 25 to 30.
Achenes, numerous, clustered, egg-shaped, 1.5-2 mm long, coarsely white-hairy.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Dry to wet meadows, thickets, fens, bogs, rocky slopes, gravelly flats and tundra in the montane to alpine zones; common throughout BC, except rare on the coast; circumboreal, N to AK and NT, E to NF and S to NJ, CO, NM and CA; Eurasia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Dasiphora fruticosa ssp. floribunda

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

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Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 420 1490 2618
Slope Gradient (%) 0 25 150
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
0 177 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
0 3 8
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: AT(19), BAFA(50), BWBS(97), ESSF(184), ICH(18), IDF(31), IMA(8), MH(2), MS(64), PP(1), SBS(3), SWB(131)

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Dasiphora floribunda (Pursh) Raf.
Dasiphora fruticosa (L.) Rydb.
Pentaphylloides floribunda (Pursh) A. L÷ve, nom. illeg.
Pentaphylloides fruticosa auct. non (L.) O. Schwarz
Potentilla floribunda Pursh
Potentilla fruticosa auct. non L.
Potentilla fruticosa subsp. floribunda (Pursh) Elkington
Potentilla fruticosa var. farreri Besant
Potentilla fruticosa var. tenuifolia Lehm.

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