Potentilla palustris 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Magnoliopsida Rosales Rosaceae

Scientific Name: Potentilla palustris (L.) Scop.
Taxonomic Source(s): The Plant List. 2012. The Plant List. Available at:

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2014
Date Assessed: 2013-03-05
Assessor(s): Lansdown, R.V.
Reviewer(s): Smith, K.

This species is classed as Least Concern as it is widespread with stable populations and does not face any major threats.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Potentilla palustris occurs throughout much of Europe east through Russia and Mongolia to China. It also occurs in North America.
Countries occurrence:
Armenia; Austria; Belgium; Bulgaria; Canada (Alberta, British Columbia, Labrador, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland I, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ontario, Prince Edward I., Qu├ębec, Saskatchewan, Yukon); China (Hebei, Heilongjiang, Jilin, Liaoning, Nei Mongol); Croatia; Czech Republic; Denmark; Estonia; Faroe Islands; Finland; France (France (mainland)); Georgia; Germany; Hungary; Iceland; Ireland; Italy (Italy (mainland)); Japan; Korea, Democratic People's Republic of; Korea, Republic of; Latvia; Liechtenstein; Lithuania; Luxembourg; Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of; Mongolia; Netherlands; Norway; Poland; Romania; Russian Federation (Central European Russia, East European Russia, European Russia, North European Russia, Northwest European Russia, South European Russia); Saint Pierre and Miquelon; Serbia (Kosovo, Serbia); Slovakia; Slovenia; Spain (Spain (mainland)); Sweden; Switzerland; Turkey (Turkey-in-Asia); Ukraine (Krym, Ukraine (main part)); United Kingdom (Great Britain, Northern Ireland); United States (Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming)
Additional data:
Upper elevation limit (metres):3000
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Population [top]


This species is widespread and abundant throughout its known range. There is no detailed information available on population size.

Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:

P. palustris is rhizomatous perennial herb found in permanently flooded swamps, and in mires and wet meadows where the summer water table lies below the soil surface. It prefers nutrient-poor but slightly to moderately base-rich water and grows on a wide range of soils. Habitats include the edges of lakes, natural hollows, bog pools, peat cuttings and floating rafts of vegetation (Preston et al. 2002).


Threats [top]

Major Threat(s):

There are no known past, ongoing, or future threats to this species

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions:

There are no conservation measures in place and none needed.

Citation: Lansdown, R.V. 2014. Potentilla palustris. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2014: e.T19620186A19620851. . Downloaded on 24 September 2018.
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