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cinquefoil

(sĭngk`foil) [O.Fr.,=five leaves], name for any plant of the widely distributed genus Potentilla of the family Rosaceae (roserose,
common name for some members of the Rosaceae, a large family of herbs, shrubs, and trees distributed over most of the earth, and for plants of the genus Rosa, the true roses.
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 family), chiefly herbs of north temperate and subarctic regions. Most cinquefoils are perennial; many but not all of them have leaves of five leaflets, for which they are also called five-finger. The flowers are most often yellow. Most North American species are native to cooler regions of the W United States. The shrubby cinquefoil (P. fruticosa) and the silverweed (P. anserina) are common wildflowers in the West and the Northeast; they are thought to be naturalized from the Old World. These and other species are sometimes cultivated in rock gardens. Silverweed is one of the species reputed to have medicinal powers, hence the Latin name of the genus [potens=powerful]. Cinquefoil is classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Magnoliopsida, order Rosales, family Rosaceae.

cinquefoil

A five-lobed pattern divided by cusps.
See also: Foils
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cinquefoil

Sharply toothed leaves, flowers have 5 yellow petals. (sometimes white, pink or red) Young shoots and leaves good in salads. Very astringent (constricts, shrinks membranes)- used in many anti-wrinkle skin products. Antiseptic, used for gum disease, dysentery, diarrhea, mouthwash. Good for skin. Leaves used to make lotion (or just rub strong tea on rashes etc) Powdered root stops bleeding. Has fruit that looks like strawberry but is dry and tasteless.

cinquefoil

cinquefoil
A five-lobed pattern divided by cusps; also see foil.

cinquefoil

traditional representation of hope. [Flower Symbol-ism and Heraldry: Jobes, 341]
See: Hope

cinquefoil

indicates gladness. [Flower Symbolism and Heraldry: Jobes, 341]
See: Joy

cinquefoil

symbol of motherly love. [Flower Symbolism: Jobes, 341]

cinquefoil

1. any plant of the N temperate rosaceous genus Potentilla, typically having five-lobed compound leaves
2. an ornamental carving in the form of five arcs arranged in a circle and separated by cusps
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140) The naturalist provides educational outreach and, along with other staff at the hut, monitors the cinquefoil population for human impacts.
His chances of initially winning the election seem very slim, until he is approached and eventually seduced into swallowing campaign aid from Samuel Lewis, a member of the Cinquefoil group.
Common or old-field cinquefoil, old-field five-fingers; Upland woods; Rare but locally common; C = 2; BSUH 17802.
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Leaves of cinquefoil, ground ivy, plantain, and cleavers lose any semblance of flavor and so, presumably, nutritional and medicinal value.
Waken to the myriad cinquefoil In the waving grass of your minds
A pond provides drinking water for the animals and has rare sphagnum moss and marsh cinquefoil, too.
Around the lough are plants such as marsh cinquefoil and its crimson flowers and strawberry-like fruit, skullcap, flag iris, water mint, angelica, sneezewort, and ragged robin.
Spotted knapweed, Russian knapweed, leafy spurge, and sulfur cinquefoil have taken over much of the land of the Northern Cheyenne Reservation near Lame Deer, Montana.
Celebrating the recovery of the Robbins' cinquefoil, a small alpine perennial herb in the rose family (Rosaceae), we published a final rule on August 27 removing this plant from the list of endangered and threatened species.
Robbins' Cinquefoil (Potentilla robbinsiana) Celebrating the recovery of the Robbins' cinquefoil, a small alpine perennial herb in the rose family (Rosaceae), we published a final rule on August 27 removing this plant from the list of endangered and threatened species.