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Potentilla norvegica

Higher Taxonomy
Family: RosaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Common Name: ROSE FAMILY
Habit: Annual to tree, glandular or not. Leaf: simple to palmately or pinnately compound, generally alternate; stipules free to fused (0), persistent to deciduous. Inflorescence: cyme, raceme, panicle, cluster, or flowers 1; bractlets on pedicel ("pedicel bractlets") generally 0--3(many), subtended by bract or generally not. Flower: generally bisexual, radial; hypanthium free or fused to ovary, saucer- to funnel-shaped, subtending bractlets ("hypanthium bractlets") 0--5, alternate sepals; sepals generally 5; petals generally 5, free; stamens (0,1)5--many, anther pollen sacs generally 2; pistils (0)1--many, simple or compound, ovary superior to inferior, styles 1--5. Fruit: 1--many per flower, achene (fleshy-coated or not), follicle, drupe, or pome with generally papery core, occasionally drupe-like with 1--5 stones. Seed: generally 1--5 (per fruit, not per flower).
Genera In Family: 110 genera, +- 3000 species: worldwide, especially temperate; many cultivated for ornamental, fruit, especially Cotoneaster, Fragaria, Malus, Prunus, Pyracantha, Rosa, Rubus. Note: Number of teeth is per leaf or leaflet, not per side of leaf or leaflet, except in Drymocallis.
eFlora Treatment Author: Daniel Potter & Barbara Ertter, family description, key to genera; treatment of genera by Daniel Potter, except as noted
Scientific Editor: Daniel Potter, Thomas J. Rosatti.
Genus: PotentillaView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Annual to perennial herb; odor generally 0. Leaf: generally basal, odd-1-pinnately, 1-palmately, or 1-ternately compound; leaflets 1--8(13) per side, +- toothed, generally +- separated, terminal generally +- = lateral; margins generally flat. Inflorescence: generally cyme, generally +- open; pedicels generally +- straight, bractlets 0. Flower: hypanthium +- shallow, bractlets generally 5, generally < sepals, generally flat; sepals +- triangular; petals (2)4--20 mm, >= sepals, generally +- widely obcordate, generally yellow; stamens 10--25; pistils generally > 10, ovaries superior, styles slender to +- tapering, generally attached near fruit tip. Fruit: achene, generally glabrous.
Species In Genus: +- 400 species: mostly northern temperate, arctic. Etymology: (Latin: diminutive of powerful, for reputed medicinal value) Note: Other taxa in TJM (1993) moved to Comarum, Dasiphora, Drymocallis.
eFlora Treatment Author: Barbara Ertter

Potentilla norvegica L.
Habit: Annual to short-lived perennial herb from taproot, nonglandular. Stem: ascending to erect, 10--70 cm; hairs spreading, sparse and long abaxially, denser and shorter adaxially. Leaf: generally ternate; basal often withered or fallen in flower; cauline generally 3--12 cm, leaflets generally 3, central 15--50 mm, oblanceolate, evenly 11--21-toothed +- 1/3 to midvein, +- hairy. Inflorescence: several to many-flowered. Flower: hypanthium 4--10 mm wide; petals 3--4 mm, < sepals; stamens 15--20, filaments 0.5--2 mm, anthers +- 0.3 mm; style +- 0.8 mm, tapered from rough-thickened base. Fruit: +- 1 mm, veined, light brown. Chromosomes: 2n=56,63,70.
Ecology: Moist, disturbed areas; Elevation: < 2300 m. Bioregional Distribution: c SNH, ScV, PR, SNE; Distribution Outside California: North America, native to Eurasia. Flowering Time: Jun--Sep Note: Distribution of native America, naturalized Eurasian plants needs study.
Synonyms: Potentilla norvegica subsp. monspeliensis (L.) Asch. & Graebn.
eFlora Treatment Author: Barbara Ertter
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Citation for this treatment: Barbara Ertter 2016. Potentilla norvegica, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on April 28, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on April 28, 2016.

Potentilla norvegica
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Potentilla norvegica
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© 2015 Barry Breckling

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Geographic subdivisions for Potentilla norvegica:
c SNH, ScV, PR, SNE;
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