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Snow Cinquefoil - Potentilla nivea

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S3

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General Description
Mat-forming perennial from a thick, branched caudex clothed in old leaf bases. Stems erect to ascending, tomentose and appressed hairy, 1–10 cm. Leaf blades ovate with 3 elliptic, coarsely dentate to pinnately lobed leaflets, 5–12 mm long, white-tomentose beneath, sparsely long-hairy above. Inflorescence an open, 1- to 3-flowered cyme. Flowers: sepals lanceolate, 4–5 mm long; bracteoles as long; petals yellow, 4–6 mm long, equal to much longer than the sepals. Achenes smooth, ca. 1.5 mm long (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range
Present
 


Range Comments
Circumpolar south to BC, NV, UT and CO (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 13

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Habitat
Stony soil of fellfields, turf, rockslides; upper subalpine, alpine (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

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