Sulfur Cinquefoil, Rough-Fruited Cinquefoil, Tormentil, Upright Cinquefoil
Synonyms of Potentilla recta (18) (Updated on 4-22-21 from Plants of the World Online): Fragaria recta (L.) Crantz, Hypargyrium rectum (L.) Fourr., Pentaphyllum rectum (L.) Nieuwl., Potentilla acutifolia Gilib., Potentilla erecta Maiden, Potentilla × nicolitiela Prodan, Potentilla pallens Moench, Potentilla pallida Lag. ex Besser, Potentilla pseudopilosa Porcius, Potentilla recta subsp. afra (Pau & Font Quer) Romo, Potentilla samothracica Degen ex Th.Wolf, Potentilla semilaciniosa (Borbás) Borbás, Potentilla sulphurea Lam., Potentilla sulphurea var. achtarovii Markova, Potentilla tenuirugis Pomel, Potentilla tuberosa J.Wolff, Potentilla varnensis Velen., Potentilla velenovskyi Hayek
Potentilla recta L. is the correct and accepted scientific name for the Sulfur Cinquefoil. The genus and species were described as such by Carl von Linnaeus in the first volume of the first edition of Species Plantarum in 1753.
Plants of the World Online lists 485 species in the Potentilla genus (as of 4-22-21 when I am updating this page). It is a member of the plant family Rosaceae with a total of 105 genera. Those numbers could change periodically as updates are made.
The above distribution map for Potentilla recta is from Plants of the World Online. Areas in green are where the plant is native, purple where it has been introduced, and gold where doubtful. The map on the USDA Plants Database for North America is a little different. Some states in the United States are on one and not the other. The map on Flora of North America shows the species as introduced in all states. As updates are made, I am sure all maps will be in harmony…
THERE ARE SEVERAL LINKS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE FOR FURTHER READING AND TO HELP WITH A BETTER POSITIVE ID.
Several Potentilla recta plants come up here and there every year on the farm, mainly in the flower beds and garden. I actually don’t see them that much in the pasture or hardly anywhere else I go wildflower hunting. I took the first three photos of a plant that was growing in the flower bed on the south side of the house in 2019 and the fourth one in the pasture in 2020.
I apologize for not writing descriptions at the moment, but I have A LOT of wildflower pages to make and publish before I start getting too busy. I update this site and add new pages over the winter but I didn’t get finished. SO, I decided to just make the page with photos and links to other sites for better plant ID. I will be taking more photos over the summer and posting but I will also be working on these pages as I have time.
I will try to remember to take a few more photos in 2021.
I have enjoyed photographing and learning about the many wildflowers growing on the farm and other areas. My farm is in Windsor, Missouri in Pettis County (Henry County is across the street and Benton and Johnson aren’t far away). I have grown over 500 different plants and most have pages listed on the right side of the blog. I am not an expert, botanist, or horticulturalist. I just like growing, photographing and writing about my experience. I rely on several websites for ID and a horticulturalist I contact if I cannot figure them out. Wildflowers can be somewhat variable from location to location, so sometimes it gets a bit confusing. If you see I have made an error, please let me know so I can correct what I have written.
I hope you found this page useful and be sure to check the links below for more information. They were written by experts and provide much more information. Some sites may not be up-to-date but they are always a work in progress. If you can, I would appreciate it if you would click on the “Like” below and leave a comment. It helps us bloggers stay motivated. You can also send an email to me at email@example.com. I would enjoy hearing from you especially if you notice something is a bit whacky
FOR FURTHER READING:
PLANTS OF THE WORLD ONLINE (GENUS/SPECIES)
INTERNATIONAL PLANT NAMES INDEX (GENUS/SPECIES)
FLORA OF NORTH AMERICA (GENUS/SPECIES)
WORLD FLORA ONLINE (GENUS/SPECIES)
USDA PLANTS DATABASE
MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN
MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION
KANSAS WILDFLOWERS AND GRASSES
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON-BURKE HERBARIUM
NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
PFAF(PLANTS FOR A FUTURE)
FRIENDS OF THE WILDFLOWER GARDEN
MARYLAND BIODIVERSITY PROJECT
NOTE: The figures may not match on these websites. It depends on when and how they make updates and when their sources make updates (and if they update their sources or even read what they say). Some websites have hundreds and even many thousands of species to keep up with. Accepted scientific names change periodically and it can be hard to keep with as well. In my opinion, Plants of the World Online by Kew is the most reliable and up-to-date plant database and they make updates on a regular basis. I make updates at least once a year and when I write new pages or add new photos but I do get behind. We are all a work in progress. 🙂