West Highland Flora

Marsh Cinquefoil


Potentilla palustris

 

Potentilla palustris

Photo Carl Farmer
2 Jul 2003 Coulnacraggan, Skye
Flower 2 cm across

Frequent in marshy ground, pools and loch edges

Flower diameter c 20-30 mm

ID: Flower with five red sepals longer and broader than the five purple petals.  When not in flower can still be recognised by the large toothed leaves divided to base into 5 leaflets.

Other features: Lower leaves often have 7 leaflets, topmost ones only 3.  Upper leaves have large stipules with edge joined to leaf-stalk.  Flower has epicalyx of five narrow purple segments outside the sepals.

 

Potentilla palustris

Photo Carl Farmer
2 Jul 2003 Coulnacraggan, Skye

 

Potentilla palustris

Photo Carl Farmer
2 Jul 2003 Coulnacraggan, Skye
Flower on right 2 cm across

 

Potentilla palustris

Photo Carl Farmer
15 May 2003 Coulnacraggan, Skye

  Potentilla palustris

Photo Carl Farmer
15 May 2003 Coulnacraggan, Skye

 


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