Holt Cinquefoil

One of many small wildflowers (which perhaps Mr Nartreb and Mr Kosina can identify) that grace the summit area of Mount Cardigan along the Holt Trail.


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nartreb - Jul 9, 2007 4:51 pm - Voted 10/10


All I can tell from the photo is that it's something in the rose family [edit: probably. White with five petals and lots of stamens is one of the more common angiosperm flower patterns ], which includes roses, brambles, blackberries, strawberries, cherries, apples, rowans, and many relatives. The bit of leaf I can see doesn't look like strawberry or blackberry, and the small number of blooms per cluster, plus the small size (how small exactly?), should narrow it down further, but it's not always easy to be certain until you can see the fruit.

Edit: Romuald K. confirms rosacean, and leans toward a cinquefoil (Potentilla sp., other genus names are sometimes used including Argentina). Cinquefoils often have leaves in clusters (usually of five, hence the name). Many have yellow flowers but some white species exist. They're related to strawberries, but don't produce edible fruit.


sunfish - Jul 9, 2007 5:14 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: rosacean

The size tends toward tiny - about the same as an index fingernail. It's spread out in low-growing clumps somewhat like blueberries. All I have are closeups photos now but will take some of the entire plant soon.

Thanks for the help
s. fish

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