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Diverse-leaf Cinquefoil - Potentilla diversifolia
Other Names:  Potentilla glaucophylla

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S4S5

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 6

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General Description
Perennial from a branched caudex. Stems ascending to nearly prostrate, sparsely hairy (rarely sericeous), 10–40 cm. Leaf blades cordate-orbicular to ovate, palmately (rarely pinnately) divided into 5 to 7 oblong, toothed to lobed, glabrous to sparsely hairy, usually glaucous leaflets, 1–3 cm long. Inflorescence an open, sericeous cyme with spreading branches. Flowers: sepals narrowly deltoid, 3–6 mm long; bracteoles narrower and shorter; petals yellow, 6–9 mm long (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Lesica (2012) treats this species as P. glaucophylla. In Montana our varieties are glaucophylla and divisa Rydb.

Species Range

Range Comments
YT to SK south to CA, UT and NM (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Summary of Observations Submitted for Montana
Number of Observations: 123

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