Marsh Cinquefoil - Comarum palustre
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Fairly common in montane to subalpine wetlands and fens, primarily in northwest Montana
Rhizomatous perennial. Stems ascending, prostrate, or floating, reddish, glabrous to sparsely glandular, 20–50 cm. Leaves sheathing-petiolate, pinnately divided into 3 to 7 leaflets; leaflets oblong, sparsely hairy, glaucous beneath, dentate, 2–7 cm long. Inflorescence a leafy, few- to several-flowered, glandular-pubescent cyme. Flowers perfect, perigynous; hypanthium saucer-shaped; sepals ovate, purple, 7–15 mm long, alternate with narrower and shorter bracteoles; petals dark red, 3–7 mm long; stamens usually 20 or more; styles numerous. Fruit a cluster of ovoid achenes, each ca. 1.5 mm long enveloped by the calyx; styles deciduous at maturity, attached laterally (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX
Distinguished from the genus Potentilla in Montana by the reddish flowers and wetland habitat.
Circumboreal south to CA, WY and OH (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).
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Fens and wetland in the montane and subalpine
- Literature Cited AboveLegend: View Online Publication
- Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
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- Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2022. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants, Second Edition. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 779 p.