Sibbaldia procumbens

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Sibbaldia procumbens
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Rosales
Family: Rosaceae
Genus: Sibbaldia
S. procumbens
Binomial name
Sibbaldia procumbens

Potentilla sibbaldii

Sibbaldia procumbens is a species of flowering plant in the rose family known by the common name creeping sibbaldia.[1] It has a circumpolar distribution; it can be found throughout the northern latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere from Arctic regions into higher-elevation temperate areas. It grows on tundra and in alpine climates where snow remains year-round, and on subalpine mountain slopes. This is a low, mat-forming perennial herb producing clumps of herbage in rocky, gravelly substrate. A spreading stem up to 15 centimeters long grows from a caudex. Each leaf is divided into usually three leaflets borne at the end of a petiole up to 7 centimeters long. Each wedge-shaped leaflet has three teeth at the tip. The flower has usually five pointed green bractlets, five wider pointed green sepals, and five tiny yellowish petals each about a millimeter long. The fruits develop in the remnants of the sepals on erect stalks.

This Arctic plant was made into a tea by the Inuit, who called it arpehutik.[2]


  1. ^ "Sibbaldia procumbens". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 12 November 2015.
  2. ^ Flora of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago

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