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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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POTENTILLA RECTA L.; Sulfur Cinquefoil; Old-field along RR track; Rare; C = 0; BSUH 18820.
Who can resist such gems as tea of beggarticks (Bidens spp) for dry mucous membranes, cinquefoil (Potentilla spp) paste for healthy cuticles or a yummy blackcurrant sugar?
Each autumn, visitors feast their eyes on amber aspens, purple cinquefoil and rusty-red cottonwoods while scanning the land for black bear, elk and eagles.
the single spruce tree and cucumber sandwiches) and language some might consider baroque (aloof seraphic mentors, thread of cinquefoil).
Would we all be familiar with "meadow pipit," "marsh cinquefoil," "bird's-foot trefoil," "bee orchids," "puffballs," and "cloudberries," to say nothing of "Shetland mouse-ear," were it not for Longley's poems pointing the way to an understanding of the minor key of natural beauty which is heard in the background of his work?
The first site had been overrun with spotted knapweed, sulphur cinquefoil, and cheatgrass.
It appears, from the photograph, that it is one of the wild Potentillas - either the trailing tormentil (Potentilla anglica) or the creeping cinquefoil, Potentilla reptans.
Other common forbs encountered were Euthamia gymnospermoides (viscid grass-leaved goldenrod), Coreopsis tripteris (tall tickseed), Solidago missouriensis (Missouri goldenrod), Potentilla simplex (common cinquefoil), and Rubus flagellaris (common dewberry).
For this purpose cinquefoil root may be boiled in diluted wine, and hyoscyamus root either in vinegar and water, or in wine, with the addition of a little salt, also poppy-head skins not too dry and mandragora root in the same condition.
A kingfisher streaks through the Sitka sedge and silverweed cinquefoil toward the ocean.
Robbins' cinquefoil (Potentilla robbinsiana), for example, is a long-lived, dwarf member of the rose family.
Grwep o blanhigion oedd yn cael eu defnyddio at ddiffyg traul oedd y dail arian (Potentilla anserina; silverweed), tresgl y moch (Potentilla erecta; tormentil) a pumnalen ymlusgol (Potentilla reptans; creeping cinquefoil).