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Canon SX40 HS
Photographed near small pond in Ft. Mitchel, Ky. USA

Potentilla recta is a perennial herb of the rose family (Rosaceae). Potentilla recta has a woody base with 1-8 stems, reaching 30-70 cm in height. Stems have few, if any branches. Leaves are alternate, palmately compound with 5-9 leaflets per leaf. Leaflets are serrate, oblong and 3-14 cm long (Werner and Soule 1976). The entire above-ground portion of the plant is covered with shiny, erect hairs that emerge at right angles from the plant. Plants have been reported to live up to 20-30 years in Michigan (Rice 1991) and 10 years in Oregon (Dana Perkins, pers. comm.). The plant has a single taproot, and may have several shallow, spreading branch roots, but no rhizomes. Flowers typically appear from late May to mid July in Oregon, and occur in cymes with 1-60 flowers per inflorescence (Endress, unpublished data). Flowers have 5 pale-yellow petals that are notched at the tip and are 1.5-2.5 cm in length (Rice 1999). Reproduction is only by seed. The seeds are dark brown comma-shaped achenes, 1-2 mm long with a net-like pattern of veins on the surface. Potentilla recta is often confused with native cinquefoils that are found in the Pacific Northwest, but can be easily distinguished by its 3 unique characteristics: 1) long, right angled hairs perpendicular to the leafstalks and stem, 2) numerous stem leaves but few basal leaves, and 3) a net-like pattern on its seed coat.

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My name is Ron Russell. I have lived in Newport, Kentucky since 1986.
My interest in photography as a hobby goes back to a Minolta camera I found in 1974.I love digital photgraphy because of the freedom it gives me to shoot whatever whenever I want. My Canon SX40 HS is a constant companion.
I’ll add a caption to any photo. Let me know what you want I’ll add it, upload and reply.

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  • AnnetteHoll
    AnnetteHollover 2 years ago

    beautiful shot Ron, so clear and sharp

  • Thank you, Annette. I"M glad you like it.

    – Ron Russell

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 2 years ago

    Natures Paintbrush

    BEAUTIFUL work,

  • Thanks you, Ann

    – Ron Russell

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 2 years ago

    This is lovely, very delicate, great description

  • Thanks, I’m glad you like it.

    – Ron Russell

  • Marie Sharp
    Marie Sharpover 2 years ago

  • Thank you for the complement, Marie.

    – Ron Russell

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconover 2 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS Ron on this beautiful feature!! Thanks for your contribution to the group!!

  • Thank you once again, blair. It is always an honor to be recognized among this group of fine artists.

    – Ron Russell

  • MotherNature
    MotherNatureover 2 years ago

    Lovely, and so cheerful! Congratulations on your feature- FAVE:>)

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