Potentilla recta L.

Sulphur Cinquefoil

Sp. Pl. 497 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Erect perennial herb to 70 cm high; stems green or reddish, sparsely covered with short and long hairs. Leaves both basal (mainly immature plants) and cauline, palmate, 5–7-foliolate; leaflets oblanceolate to obovate, 1.5–8.0 cm long, 5–20 mm wide, upper surface almost glabrous, lower surface sparsely hairy with white spreading hairs, margins toothed; petioles 1.5–9.0 cm long with both short and long spreading white hairs; stipules to 3 cm long, with up to 3 teeth. Inflorescence a terminal cyme. Epicalyx lobes 5, lanceolate, 5–7 mm long, pilose; sepals 5, narrowly ovate, slightly longer than epicalyx lobes, pilose with short and long hairs; petals yellow, obovate, 6–12 mm long, longer than calyx. Fruit brown, enclosed by epicalyx and calyx. Flowers Nov.–Feb.

*HNF, *NIS, *SnM, *Strz, *VAlp, *VRiv, *VVP. Also naturalised NSW, ACT, Tas. Native to Europe. Occurs along roadsides, in pasture and weedy areas such as saleyards, sometimes at high altitude (e.g. Dargo High Plains).

Source: Jeanes, J.A.; Jobson, P.C. (1996). Rosaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-12-21
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Rosales
family Rosaceae
genus Potentilla
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Potentilla recta in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Potentilla recta in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised
Strzelecki Ranges present naturalised
Victorian Alps present naturalised
Snowy Mountains present introduced

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory