Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1146

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

Look for it in woodlands, fields, disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Palmately compound: 5 leaflets
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Yellow
Radially symmetrical
5 united sepals/5 bracts
5 petals
20 stamens, in 3 lengths

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Brown
Achene

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Rosales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Potentilla simplex   FAMILY Rosaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Potentilla simplex   FAMILY Rosaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 097-04-002:
Potentilla simplex   FAMILY Rosaceae

GREATER THAN Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Potentilla simplex

GREATER THAN (MISAPPLIED) Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Potentilla canadensis

 

COMMON NAME:
Old Field Cinquefoil, Old-field Five-fingers, Common Cinquefoil


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image of Potentilla simplex

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_posi2_001_lvd

        

image of Potentilla simplex

JK Marlow    jkm060513_109

May    Clay County    NC

Nantahala National Forest: Tusquitee Ranger District

Stem often reddish, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.

image of Potentilla simplex

JK Marlow    jkm060513_116

May    Clay County    NC

Nantahala National Forest: Tusquitee Ranger District

image of Potentilla simplex

JK Marlow    jkm120505_347

May    Rabun County    GA

Chattahoochee National Forest

Leaves palmately compound/Leaflet margins coarsely toothed except near base, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE leaves of Fragaria and Potentilla

image of Potentilla simplex

JK Marlow    jkm120517_083

May    Yancey County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Flowers golden-yellow, 10-15mm wide. The 5 petals have notched tips, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE flowers of Cinquefoil and Strawberry species

image of Potentilla simplex

JK Marlow    jkm120517_086

May    Yancey County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

The stems are slender with long internodes, softly-hairy to almost smooth, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

image of Potentilla simplex

JK Marlow    jkm120517_093

May    Yancey County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

image of Potentilla simplex

JK Marlow    jkm150510_048

May    Lumpkin County    GA

DeSoto Falls

First [lowest] flower usually from axil of 2nd well-developed stem leaf, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Potentilla simplex

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_potentilla_simplex_1

May        

Flowers solitary on long wiry stalks, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.