Potentilla reptans L.

Creeping Cinque-foil

Sp. Pl. 499 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Procumbent stoloniferous perennial herb; stolons up to c. 100 cm long; stems reddish-green, sparsely hairy. Leaves in basal rosette and cauline, palmate, 5-foliolate, cauline leaves generally smaller than basal leaves; leaflets lanceolate to oblanceolate, 1.5–4 cm long, 5–15 mm wide, sparsely to moderately hairy with long spreading hairs, margins toothed; petiole 1–15 cm long, with long, white, spreading hairs; stipules herbaceous, narrowly lanceolate, 0.5–0.75 mm long. Flowers solitary, axillary, on peduncles 3–7 cm long, generally longer than leaves. Epicalyx lobes 5, narrowly lanceolate, 2–5 mm long, sparsely hairy; sepals 5, narrowly elliptic to ovate, slightly longer than epicalyx lobes; petals yellow, obovate, 0.5–1 cm long. Fruit enclosed by sepals and epicalyx, c. 0.5 cm wide. Flowers Dec.–Mar.

*CVU, *VVP, *WaP. Also naturalised SA, Tas. Native to Europe. Known in Victoria only from moist, fertile volcanic loams near Heywood, Daylesford and Lal Lal, though possibly more widespread. Occurs along roadsides and in pastures.

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 reptans in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Potentilla reptans in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Warrnambool Plain present introduced
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised

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South Australia