Comarum palustre (Marsh Cinquefoil) - photos and description







General: Wetland perennial having decumbent stems from a creeping, woody rootstalk. Stems sparsely hairy above and glabrous below.

Flowers: Flowers comprised of 5 small reddish pink petals, 5 large reddish brown sepals, and greenish-brown bracts between the sepals. Flowers measured to 2.5 cm diameter.

Leaves: Leaves alternate, pinnate, with typically 5 leaflets, the leaflets toothed, green above and whitish below. Leaflet measured at 4 cm long and 1.5 cm wide. Leaves to 10 cm long with petiole, and 7 cm wide when flattened.

Height: Height listed in Budd's Flora to 50 cm, we measured palnts to 33 cm tall.

Habitat: Marshes and bogs in the boreal forest.

Abundance: Common.

Origin: Native.

When and where photographed: The above photos were taken on June 28th, in a sphagnum bog, south of La Ronge, about 600 km north of our home in Regina, SK