West Highland Flora

Creeping Cinquefoil


Potentilla reptans

 

Potentilla reptans

Photo Carl Farmer
13 Sep 2003 Haddington, E Lothian
Flower 23 mm across

Occasional in Argyll, rare further north, though common in much of the UK.  On paths, bare ground or short vegetation, preferring non-acid soils.

Flower diameter c 16-26 mm

ID: A creeping plant, the flowering stems rooting at the nodes, unlike Alpine Cinquefoil and Tormentil (note Tormentil flowers occasionally have 5 petals rather than 4).  Leaves mostly with 5 leaflets.

Other features: Flowers solitary on long stalks.  Has an epicalyx outside the true calyx, like all Potentilla species.  Petals heart-shaped, nearly twice as long as sepals.  Base-leaves long-stalked and stem-leaves also clearly stalked, unlike those of Tormentil.

 

Potentilla reptans

Photo Carl Farmer
24 Aug 2003 Suardal, Skye
Lobe of central leaf that points left towards white stone is 13 mm long

 

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