Potentilla paradoxa

ROSE FAMILY (Rosaceae)

This annual or biennial plant grows up to 2 feet tall. This freely branching plant's lower leaves have 2-3 pairs of leaflets and a 3-parted terminal leaflet (C). The upper leaves have three lobed, oval-shaped leaflets. The yellow flowers are in clusters at the ends of the branches. They each have 5 petals backed by 5 lance-shaped sepals (A,B). Differentiated from the similar Norwegian Cinquefoil (Potentilla norvegica) by the shape of its lower leaves.

Grows along river banks and other periodically flooded areas, flowering from May through September. In Fontenelle Forest, uncommon along the Missouri River at the end of Child's Hollow Trail.

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