E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Dasiphora fruticosa (L.) Rydb.
Shrubby Cinquefoil
Rosaceae (Rose family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Dasiphora fruticosa ssp. floribunda

Species Information

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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

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Potentilla floribunda Pursh
Potentilla fruticosa auct. non (L.) O. Schwarz

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