© Larry Halverson (Photo ID #46892)
Perennial herb from a long-creeping, often floating, somewhat woody rhizome; stems prostrate to ascending, 20-100 cm long/tall, smooth and frequently reddish below, becoming hairy and glandular above.
Alternate, deciduous, lower ones pinnately compound; leaflets 5 to 7, oblong, 2-8 cm long, coarsely saw-toothed, light green and smooth to sparsely hairy above, paler, glaucous and hairy beneath; upper leaves smaller; base of the leaf-stalks and stipules sheathing the stem.
Inflorescence a loose terminal cluster of few to several (or many) stalked flowers, the stalks glandular-hairy; corollas reddish-purple, saucer-shaped, about 2 cm across, the petals 5, lance-ovate to elliptic, 3-5 mm long; calyces glandular and hairy, 5-lobed, the lobes lance-egg-shaped, 7-15 mm long, spreading, enlarging and ascending in fruit, alternating with 5 narrower, shorter bractlets; ovaries superior; stamens about 25, purple.
Achenes, numerous, plumply egg-shaped, smooth, brownish-purple, about 1.5 mm long.
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Illustration Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia
||Value / Class
Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
of field plots
species was recorded in:
BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in
|AT(1), BAFA(3), BG(3), BWBS(72), CDF(17), CWH(74), ESSF(139), ICH(217), IDF(59), MH(3), MS(109), SBPS(79), SBS(402), SWB(5)|
Source: Klinkenberg 2013
Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Potentilla palustris (L.) Scop.
Potentilla palustris var. parvifolia (Raf.) Fernald & Long
Potentilla palustris var. villosa (Pers.) Lehm.