Scientific Name:
Potentilla reptans L.
Vernacular Name(s):
Creeping cinquefoil

Procumbent perennial herb arising from a slender, stoloniferous stock; stolons up to 50–(100) cm long; stems greenish brown, sparsely to moderately hairy, rooting at nodes. Lvs in persistent open rosettes, and cauline; petiole 20–60–(160) mm long, hairy; blade ± triangular to reniform, palmate; leaflets (3)–5, oblanceolate to obovate, ± sessile, (7)–15–35–(60) × 4–16 mm, sparsely to moderately clothed in long hairs especially below, dentate to serrate especially on upper part of leaflets; teeth in 3–11 pairs on terminal leaflet; upper cauline lvs smaller; stipules linear-lanceolate, acute, entire or with 1–2 teeth. Fls solitary in axils of lvs, 5-merous. Epicalyx segments narrow-elliptic to lanceolate, (4)–7–12 mm long, acute, entire. Sepals narrow-elliptic-ovate, slightly < epicalyx segments, glabrate to sparsely pilose, sometimes purplish, connate at base. Petals broadly obovate, 6–10–(12) mm long, pale yellow, undulate to shallowly emarginate. Styles filiform. Achenes not seen.

[From: Webb et al. (1988) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 4.]


Flowering: Oct.–May.