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Potentilla palustris

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 18 October 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Potentilla palustris (syn: Comarum palustre) (NL: Wateraardbei / EN: Marsh cinquefoil, Purple cinquefoil / DE: Sumpf-Blutauge / FR: Potentille des marais) is a waterside shrub in the Rosaceae family. It has a Circumboreal distribution, occurring throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, particularly the northern regions. It is most commonly found on lake shores, marshy riversides and stream margins, often partly submerged with foliage floating. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects. The plant is self-fertile. Known as Swamp Cinquefoil in North America, this is the only potentilla to have maroon flowers as this genus usually has yellow flowers. The name 'Cinquefoil' is from the French for 'five leaves' as many of this species have leaves divided into five leaflets.

Image: Maloja (CH) - 18/07/2011

Canon EOS 400D 1/250 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Een mooie foto van deze prachtige wateraardbei.

18 Oct 2011 8:27am

RBL from Oxford, United States

Beautiful rich colors and detailed flower...Lovely!

18 Oct 2011 4:12pm

Lia from Zwolle, Netherlands

Schitterende macro!
Ik heb nog nooit een wateraardbeibloemtje van zo dichtbij gezien.
Mooie warme kleuren.

18 Oct 2011 8:04pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

gorgeous flower! love the rich colours! excellent clarity

20 Oct 2011 12:00am

Canon EOS 400D
1/250 second
ISO 200
150 mm