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Rocky Mountain Cinquefoil - Potentilla rubricaulis
Other Names:  Potentilla concinna var. rubripes


Global Rank: G4
State Rank: SNR

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General Description
Perennial from a branched caudex clothed in old leaf bases. Stems prostrate to ascending, sericeous with wrinkled hairs, 5–15 cm. Leaf blades cordate-orbicular to ovate, subpinnately divided into 5 to 7 deeply lobed leaflets 5–12 mm long, glabrate to sericeous above, white-tomentose beneath. Inflorescence a few-flowered, sericeous, cyme with spreading branches. Flowers: sepals broadly lanceolate, 3–5 mm long with shorter, narrower bracteoles; petals yellow, 5–7 mm long, truncate. Achenes smooth, ca. 2 mm long (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

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

Habitat
Sparsely vegetated, stony soil of exposed ridges, slopes, usually on limestone; subalpine, alpine (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

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