[Cinquefoils Found East of the Cascade Crest of Oregon and Washington]

Klamath Cinquefoil, Sheep Cinquefoil, Steen's Mountain Cinquefoil, Varying Cinquefoil

Potentilla versicolor

Synonyms: Potentilla dissecta var. decurrens, Potentilla klamathensis, Potentilla millefolia, Potentilla millefolia var. klamathensis, Potentilla nelsoniana, Potentilla ovina, Potentilla ovina var. decurrens, Potentilla ovina var. ovina, Potentilla ovina var. pinnatisecta, Potentilla wyomingensis

Klamath Cinquefoil, Sheep Cinquefoil, Steen's Mountain Cinquefoil, Varying Cinquefoil: Potentilla versicolor (Synonyms: Potentilla dissecta var. decurrens, Potentilla klamathensis, Potentilla millefolia, Potentilla millefolia var. klamathensis, Potentilla nelsoniana, Potentilla ovina, Potentilla ovina var. decurrens, Potentilla ovina var. ovina, Potentilla ovina var. pinnatisecta, Potentilla wyomingensis)

What may be sheep cinquefoil as seen atop Baldy Mountain, Strawberry Mountain Wilderness............July 1, 2010.

Flower of Klamath Cinquefoil, Sheep Cinquefoil, Steen's Mountain Cinquefoil, Varying Cinquefoil: Potentilla versicolor (Synonyms: Potentilla dissecta var. decurrens, Potentilla klamathensis, Potentilla millefolia, Potentilla millefolia var. klamathensis, Potentilla nelsoniana, Potentilla ovina, Potentilla ovina var. decurrens, Potentilla ovina var. ovina, Potentilla ovina var. pinnatisecta, Potentilla wyomingensis)Photo at right is of the flower of of Potentilla versicolor at Kiger Gorge Viewpoint, Steens Mt.......June 24, 2000.
Characteristics:

Varying cinquefoil is a low, ascending perennial with pinnately compound, greenish leaves. The herbage may be sparsely haired to nearly glabrous. The 12 or more leaflets are deeply and unevenly cut intl linear to oblong lobes.

The inflorescence is an open cyme of 2- 7 yellow flowers. The calyx or hypanthium is bowl-shaped and rarely more than 1 cm in diameter. Each of the 5 petals is obcordate and roughly 1-2 cm longer than the sepals. There are usually 20 stamens and numerous pistils.

Varying cinquefoil is similar to Brewer's cinquefoil (Potentilla breweri) with which it hybridizes, but the latter plant is grayish white and silky villous in herbage, and generally has 11 or fewer, divergent leaflets.


Habitat:

Varying cinquefoil may be found in rocky, moist meadows, open ridges, and barren slopes from mid-altitudes to above timberline.


Range:

Varying cinquefoil may be found at high elevation in souh-central Oregon and possibly in the Wallowa Mts. of northeast Oregon.


Klamath Cinquefoil, Sheep Cinquefoil, Steen's Mountain Cinquefoil, Varying Cinquefoil: Potentilla versicolor (Synonyms: Potentilla dissecta var. decurrens, Potentilla klamathensis, Potentilla millefolia, Potentilla millefolia var. klamathensis, Potentilla nelsoniana, Potentilla ovina, Potentilla ovina var. decurrens, Potentilla ovina var. ovina, Potentilla ovina var. pinnatisecta, Potentilla wyomingensis) - Klamath Cinquefoil, Sheep Cinquefoil, Steen's Mountain Cinquefoil, Varying Cinquefoil: Potentilla versicolor (Synonyms: Potentilla dissecta var. decurrens, Potentilla klamathensis, Potentilla millefolia, Potentilla millefolia var. klamathensis, Potentilla nelsoniana, Potentilla ovina, Potentilla ovina var. decurrens, Potentilla ovina var. ovina, Potentilla ovina var. pinnatisecta, Potentilla wyomingensis)

Close-up of a flower of Klamath Cinquefoil, Sheep Cinquefoil, Steen's Mountain Cinquefoil, Varying Cinquefoil: Potentilla versicolor (Synonyms: Potentilla dissecta var. decurrens, Potentilla klamathensis, Potentilla millefolia, Potentilla millefolia var. klamathensis, Potentilla nelsoniana, Potentilla ovina, Potentilla ovina var. decurrens, Potentilla ovina var. ovina, Potentilla ovina var. pinnatisecta, Potentilla wyomingensis) - Klamath Cinquefoil, Sheep Cinquefoil, Steen's Mountain Cinquefoil, Varying Cinquefoil: Potentilla versicolor (Synonyms: Potentilla dissecta var. decurrens, Potentilla klamathensis, Potentilla millefolia, Potentilla millefolia var. klamathensis, Potentilla nelsoniana, Potentilla ovina, Potentilla ovina var. decurrens, Potentilla ovina var. ovina, Potentilla ovina var. pinnatisecta, Potentilla wyomingensis)

Close-up photos of sheep cinquefoil as seen along the South Loop Road about one mile downhill and west of the East Rim Viewpoint, Steens Mountain, Harney County, Oregon........September 2, 2011.

Upper stem leaves and flower of Klamath Cinquefoil, Sheep Cinquefoil, Steen's Mountain Cinquefoil, Varying Cinquefoil: Potentilla versicolor (Synonyms: Potentilla dissecta var. decurrens, Potentilla klamathensis, Potentilla millefolia, Potentilla millefolia var. klamathensis, Potentilla nelsoniana, Potentilla ovina, Potentilla ovina var. decurrens, Potentilla ovina var. ovina, Potentilla ovina var. pinnatisecta, Potentilla wyomingensis) - Klamath Cinquefoil, Sheep Cinquefoil, Steen's Mountain Cinquefoil, Varying Cinquefoil: Potentilla versicolor (Synonyms: Potentilla dissecta var. decurrens, Potentilla klamathensis, Potentilla millefolia, Potentilla millefolia var. klamathensis, Potentilla nelsoniana, Potentilla ovina, Potentilla ovina var. decurrens, Potentilla ovina var. ovina, Potentilla ovina var. pinnatisecta, Potentilla wyomingensis)

Additional photos of sheep cinquefoil as seen atop Baldy Mountain, Strawberry Mountain Wilderness.........July 1, 2010.

Klamath Cinquefoil, Sheep Cinquefoil, Steen's Mountain Cinquefoil, Varying Cinquefoil: Potentilla versicolor (Synonyms: Potentilla dissecta var. decurrens, Potentilla klamathensis, Potentilla millefolia, Potentilla millefolia var. klamathensis, Potentilla nelsoniana, Potentilla ovina, Potentilla ovina var. decurrens, Potentilla ovina var. ovina, Potentilla ovina var. pinnatisecta, Potentilla wyomingensis) - Klamath Cinquefoil, Sheep Cinquefoil, Steen's Mountain Cinquefoil, Varying Cinquefoil: Potentilla versicolor (Synonyms: Potentilla dissecta var. decurrens, Potentilla klamathensis, Potentilla millefolia, Potentilla millefolia var. klamathensis, Potentilla nelsoniana, Potentilla ovina, Potentilla ovina var. decurrens, Potentilla ovina var. ovina, Potentilla ovina var. pinnatisecta, Potentilla wyomingensis)

Klamath Cinquefoil, Sheep Cinquefoil, Steen's Mountain Cinquefoil, Varying Cinquefoil: Potentilla versicolor (Synonyms: Potentilla dissecta var. decurrens, Potentilla klamathensis, Potentilla millefolia, Potentilla millefolia var. klamathensis, Potentilla nelsoniana, Potentilla ovina, Potentilla ovina var. decurrens, Potentilla ovina var. ovina, Potentilla ovina var. pinnatisecta, Potentilla wyomingensis)

Sheep cinquefoil as seen on rocky outcrops along the South Loop Road about one mile downhill to the west of the East Rim Viewpoint, Steens Mountain.........July 9, 2014.

Klamath Cinquefoil, Sheep Cinquefoil, Steen's Mountain Cinquefoil, Varying Cinquefoil: Potentilla versicolor (Synonyms: Potentilla dissecta var. decurrens, Potentilla klamathensis, Potentilla millefolia, Potentilla millefolia var. klamathensis, Potentilla nelsoniana, Potentilla ovina, Potentilla ovina var. decurrens, Potentilla ovina var. ovina, Potentilla ovina var. pinnatisecta, Potentilla wyomingensis) - Leaves of Klamath Cinquefoil, Sheep Cinquefoil, Steen's Mountain Cinquefoil, Varying Cinquefoil: Potentilla versicolor (Synonyms: Potentilla dissecta var. decurrens, Potentilla klamathensis, Potentilla millefolia, Potentilla millefolia var. klamathensis, Potentilla nelsoniana, Potentilla ovina, Potentilla ovina var. decurrens, Potentilla ovina var. ovina, Potentilla ovina var. pinnatisecta, Potentilla wyomingensis)

Steen's Mountain cinquefoil as seen at the Kiger Gorge Viewpoint, Steens Mt.......June 24, 2000. The similar Brewer's cinquefoil (Potentilla breweri / Potentilla drummondii var. breweri) may be found at the same locations, but tends to be grayer than the plants seen here. Hybrids are often seen between the two species where they do occur together.

Paul Slichter