Potentilla diversifolia is a species of flowering plant in the Rose Family (Rosaceae) known by the common names varileaf cinquefoil, different-leaved cinquefoil, and mountain meadow cinquefoil.
Potentilla diversifolia is plant has gray-green leaves divided into usually five leaflets, which are mostly hairless and are deeply lobed or have teeth along their distal margins. Most of the leaves are low on the stem, with smaller ones occurring above. The inflorescence is a cyme of several flowers. Each has a small corolla of yellow petals above a calyx of five pointed sepals and five narrower bractlets.
There are three Potentilla diversifolia varieties:
- Potentilla diversifolia var. diversifolia occurs throughout western North America from Alaska, the Sierra Nevada in California, to the southern Rockies in New Mexico
- Potentilla diversifolia var. perdissecta occurs in and around the Rocky Mountains of Canada and the United States
- Potentilla diversifolia var. ranunculus can be found in Eastern Canada and Greenland.
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- "Potentilla diversifolia". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 13 October 2015.
- Great Basin Wildflowers, Laird R. Blackwell, 2006, p. 167
- Montana Community Field Guide: Festuca idahoensis - Potentilla difersifolia Association
- Jepson Manual Treatment: var. diversifolia
- USDA Plants Profile: Potentilla diversifolia
- Washington Burke Museum
- Potentilla diversifolia var. diversifolia - U.C.B. Photo Gallery
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