Potentilla nitida (NL: "Rose Potentilla" / EN: ? / DE: Dolomiten-Fingerkraut, Glanz-Fingerkraut, Triglaurose / FR: Potentille luisante) The silvery leaved mats and elegant pink flowers of Potentilla nitida are characteristic of the limestone areas of the Dolomites. Though they are sometimes found on scree their favourite home is in rock crevices and frequently decorate otherwise blank rock faces with their pink to red flowers. Flowers have a diameter of two to three cm. and are always individually on short stalks. The rounded petals are longer and brighter than the lanceolate, inside purple sepals. The flower has a lot of purple stamens and pistil. The species thrives only on calcareous rocks and boulders of limestone or dolomite in a sunny area 1200-3100 m above sea level.
Image: Tre Cime di Lavaredo (IT) - 05/07/2011
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