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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.
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Rare cinquefoil bloom just inches from the path and marsh grasses waft in the breeze.
Creeping plants, including speedwell (Veronica pectinata), spring cinquefoil (Potentilla tabernaemontanii), woolly thyme, and common moss, form seams in the gaps between the steps and patio stones.
Perennial plants, such as the cotton grasses (Eriophorum), sedges (Carex) and marsh cinquefoil (Potentilla [=Comarum] palustris) play a very important role in the functioning of the northernmost ecosystems.
Yet, many small changes are in evidence--especially in vegetation such as sedges, bluegrass, alpine timothy, and cinquefoil.
SIR James Cayzer wishes it known that plants featured in a story carried last week were not cannabis, as a leading drugs expert stated, but in fact were Marsh Cinquefoil.
Woody shrubs include mountain sagebrush (Seriphidium vaseyanum) on dry slopes, and cinquefoil (Pentaphylloides floribunda) and willows (Salix spp.
Set your mower blades as high as four inches to encourage species of low-growing wild ground covers--such as violets, cinquefoil, blue-and-white-flowered speedwell, heal-all and white clover--to take hold and bloom.
His armorial bearings displayed three anchors crested by a falcon on a rock, one claw resting on a cinquefoil, and the motto "By Perseverance.