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Potentilla pseudosericea

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 pseudosericea Rydb.
Habit: Plant tufted or matted from +- branched caudex; glands 0 or hidden. Stem: decumbent to ascending, generally 2--15 cm, +- strigose. Leaf: +- palmate; basal generally 2--6 cm, leaflets +- 5, central (5)10--15 mm, +- obovate, 5--10-toothed > 3/4 to midvein, tomentose abaxially, densely white-strigose adaxially; margins +- rolled under. Inflorescence: 3--10-flowered. Flower: hypanthium 3--4 mm wide; petals 2--4 mm; filaments +- 1 mm, anthers +- 0.4 mm; styles +- 1 mm, tapered from rough-thickened bases. Fruit: +- 1 mm, +- smooth, pale brown.
Ecology: Rocky flats, slopes; Elevation: 3200--4300 m. Bioregional Distribution: c&s SNH, n SNE (Sweetwater Mtns), n W&I. Flowering Time: Jul--Aug Note: Hybridizes with Potentilla jepsonii.
Unabridged Note: Possible Nevada presence unconfirmed.
Jepson eFlora Author: Barbara Ertter
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Citation for this treatment: Barbara Ertter 2012, Potentilla pseudosericea, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on February 18, 2019.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2019, Jepson eFlora,, accessed on February 18, 2019.

Potentilla pseudosericea
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Potentilla pseudosericea
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Potentilla pseudosericea
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Potentilla pseudosericea
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Potentilla pseudosericea
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Potentilla pseudosericea
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Geographic subdivisions for Potentilla pseudosericea:
c&s SNH, n SNE (Sweetwater Mtns), n W&I.
Markers link to CCH specimen records. Yellow markers indicate records that may provide evidence for eFlora range revision or may have georeferencing or identification issues. Purple markers indicate specimens collected from a garden, greenhouse, or other non-wild location.
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