Hybrid Cinquefoil - Potentilla anglica x reptans = P. x mixta
Usually has flowers with four yellow petals, though sometimes five. The achenes are all sterile, the leaf petioles are often over 5 cm long and mostly the same length for the full length of the shoot, sometimes rooting at the nodes.
Hybrids between Potentilla anglica and Potentilla reptans and between Potentilla erecta and Potentilla reptans occur (the latter is P. x italica). Stace (4th edition) states that these two hybrids can only been told apart by chromosome count.
Potentilla reptans, Potentilla erecta and Potentilla anglica
Some flowers with 4 petals like Tormentil, but leaves with 4-5 leaflets and longer petioles, which are are same length along the stem from lower down to apex. Very similar to Trailing Cinquefoil, but sterile, so the old flowerheads have few or no achenes containing seeds
The County Recorder has asked for a specimen of this plant to be retained for verification
Grassland and verges on acid soils.
Flowers June to September.
Widespread but occasional in Britain.
Rare or under recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland where there are only four records to 2017. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.
In the current checklist (Jeeves, 2011) it is listed as 'rarely recorded, but some records of P anglica were probably one of these hybrids . . '
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