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Tundra rose

Potentilla fruticosa


Bright yellow, flowering tundra plant, perhaps 6" tall or less. It has multiple common names.


Seen in the alpine tundra of Denali National Park & Preserve. Vegetation is scarce in this type of ecosystem. The tundra rose is native to N. America.


It is one of the Rosaceae.

1 species ID suggestions

Machi 4 weeks ago
Shrubby Cinquefoil
Dasiphora fruticosa Dasiphora fruticosa - Wikipedia


mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 4 weeks ago

Thanks for the ID confirmation, Machi!

Machi 4 weeks ago

Tukup is right. I didn't realize these were also called Tundra Rose. I just know them as Cinquefoil. AKA Potentilla fruticosa. Leaves look right to me.

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 4 weeks ago

The leaves have me baffled too, Tukup. Your guess was almost a match, but we’ll have to keep searching for a genus. At the very least, it seems to belong to Rosaceae. Thanks for your help!

Tukup a month ago

Hi Mauna. This looks like a Tundra Rose but I couldn't find any pictures that had leaves matching the ones on your foto. Pretty flower anyway. Thanks for sharing.

Alaska, USA

Lat: 63.19, Long: -151.12

Spotted on Jul 16, 2016
Submitted on Apr 19, 2019

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