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Potentilla hippiana
Potentilla hippiana variety hippiana (Hippio's Cinquefoil)
Rosaceae (Rose Family)

Montane. Meadows, woodlands. Summer.
Lower Calico Trail, June 16, 2004.

Potentilla hippiana likes dry sites, its flower stems are from a few inches to twenty inches tall, and its leaves are green on top and silvery on the back.  Leaves often curl, and, very important in identifying this species, its leaves are pinnate (arranged ladder-like as shown in the last photograph below) rather than palmate.  This is a very common Potentilla in the mountains of the Four Corners states.

Johann Georg Lehmann (1792-1860) named this species in 1827 from a specimen collected by Edwin James in 1820 near the "sources of the Platte".  Carl Hippio was, in Weber's words, "a revered colleague of Lehmann".  (More biographical information about Hippio.)

Potentilla hippiana variety hippiana (Hippio's Cinquefoil)
Rosaceae (Rose Family)

Montane. Meadows, woodlands. Summer.
Scotch Creek Road, July 1, 2004.

Potentilla hippiana
Potentilla hippiana variety hippiana (Hippio's Cinquefoil)
Rosaceae (Rose Family)

Montane. Meadows, woodlands. Summer.
Scotch Creek Road, July 1, 2004.

Contrast this leaf form with that of another very common Four Corners Potentilla species, Potentilla pulcherrima.

Range map © John Kartesz,
Floristic Synthesis of North America

State Color Key

Species present in state and native
Species present in state and exotic
Species not present in state

County Color Key

Species present and not rare
Species present and rare
Species extirpated (historic)
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Species noxious
Species exotic and present
Native species, but adventive in state
Eradicated
Questionable presence

Range map for Potentilla hippiana