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Genus: Potentilla

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Rosids > Eurosid I > Order: Rosales > Family: Rosaceae

About 500 species worldwide, mainly temperate to Arctic regions of the northern hemisphere. Eleven species have been cultivated in southern Africa, mainly from the north temperate regions.

Species cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Potentilla argentea

Native to north temperate regions.


Potentilla atrosanguinea

Native to the Himalayas.


Potentilla erecta (Tormentil)

Native to Eurasia.


Potentilla fissa

Native to western USA.


Potentilla fruticosa

Native to north temperate regions.


Potentilla intermedia

Native to European Russia.


Potentilla palustris

Native to north temperate regions.


Potentilla recta

Native to Eurasia and North Africa.


Potentilla supina

Native to the Himalayas.


Potentilla viscosa

Native to central Asia.


Potentilla tonguei



  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated Plants of Southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.


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