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Potentilla wheeleri  S. Watson
Kern cinquefoil,   Wheeler's cinquefoil
Potentilla wheeleri is a perennial herb that is native to California, and endemic (limited) to California.
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Genus: Potentilla
Family: Rosaceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Dicot
Jepson eFlora section: eudicot

Habitat: meadows

Communities: Yellow Pine Forest, Red Fir Forest, Subalpine Forest

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTSPotentilla viscidula
Information about  Potentilla wheeleri from other sources
Nursery availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
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[Wikipedia] Range, Habitat, Description: Potentilla wheeleri is a species of cinquefoil known by the common name Kern cinquefoil[1] or Wheeler's cinquefoil.[2] It is native to the Sierra Nevada and nearby ranges of California and it has been reported from Arizona[1] and Baja California.[2] Its habitat includes moist areas in mountainous regions. This tuftlike plant produces spreading, decumbent stems with leaves sometimes arranged in a rosette about the caudex. The hairy stems reach a maximum length near 25 centimeters. The rough-haired leaves are palmate, each divided into five wedge-shaped leaflets which are lined or tipped with teeth. The inflorescence is a cyme of several flowers with yellow petals each a few millimeters long. (link added by Mary Ann Machi)


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Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals. [web application]. 2024. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 07/24/2024).