Potentilla recta L.  
Family: Rosaceae
rough-fruited cinquefoil, sulphur cinquefoil, sulphur five-fingers
[Potentilla pilosa Willd., Potentilla recta var. obscura L., Potentilla recta var. pilosa L., Potentilla recta var. sulphurea L., Potentilla sulphurea Lam.]
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Merel R. Black  
Etymology: Potentilla: comes from the Latin diminutive of potens meaning "powerful" in reference to the medicinal properties of some species
Plants: erect, perennial, 16"-32" tall, hairy forb, unbranched to the inflorescence
Leaves: palmately-divided, deeply-toothed; lower leaves long-stalked with 5-7 leaflets; upper leaves smaller, shorter stalked and with 3 leaflets
Flowers: pale yellow, 5-parted, 3/4" wide; inflorescence of many flowers in flattened, branched cluster (cyme); blooms June-Aug.
Fruits: dry seed
Habitat: dry; disturbed sites
Conservation Status: Introduced - naturalized
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Merel R. Black  
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Merel R. Black  
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Margery Melgaard  
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Matthew L. Wagner  
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