Scientific Description:

Perennial, rarely annual, herbs or small shrubs. Leaves digitate, pinnate or trifoliolate. Flowers usually terminal, in cymes or solitary, 5-or rarely 4-merous. Hypanthium weakly concave with a central hemispherical receptacle. Epicalyx present. Petals yellow or white, rarely reddish. Stamens mostly c. 20, sometimes more or fewer. Fruit a head of achenes. Style subterminal (attached near apex of the ovary), lateral or basal, long-filiform or short, usually thickened and sometimes papillose at the base, shorter than as long as or longer than achene, usually deciduous in fruit.


Peşmen H (1972).
Potentilla L., In: Davis PH (ed.), Flora of Turkey and the East Aegean Islands, Edinburgh University Press, Edinurgh, 4: 41.

Public Description:

Potentilla, is a genus of perennial or rarely annual herbaceous plants or small shrubs, commonly known as “cinquefoil”, and spreads in the coolest and coldest regions of the world. There are approximately 325 species in the world and 60 species (70 taxa) in Türkiye. They have yellow, white or redish flowers. Some species are used in the treatment of inflammation and gastrointestinal (stomach and intestinal) disorders. Some of these herbs are used in the treatment of diabetes in traditional Chinese medicine.



Anonymous 1 (2016). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Potentilla/,Accessed date: 27.05.2016.

Anonymous 2 (2016). http://www.theplantlist.org/1.1/browse/A/Rosaceae/Potentilla//,Accessed date: 27.05.2016.

Aslan S (2012) Potentilla L., In: Güner, A., Aslan, S., Ekim, T., Vural, M. & Babaç, M.T. (eds.), Türkiye Bitkileri Listesi (Damarlı Bitkiler). Nezahat Gökyiğit Botanik Bahçesi ve Flora Araştırmaları Derneği Yayını. İstanbul, pp. 803–808.

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