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Drymocallis glandulosa
sticky cinquefoil

Distribution: Widely distributed on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to California, east to Montana, Idaho, Utah, and Arizona.

Habitat: Open, mesic areas from coastal meadows to forest openings, to the subalpine.

Flowers: June-August

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Glandular perennial with a branched crown and rhizomes, the individual stems simple below the inflorescence, 1.5-4 dm. tall.


Leaves alternate, pinnate; leaflets 5-9, glandular-pubescent, oblong-obovate, the terminal leaflet wedge-shaped; cauline leaves few, reduced upward.


Inflorescence cymose, few-flowered, diffuse, leafy bracteate; calyx rotate, 5-parted, the segments alternating with bracteoles, 4-8 mm. long; petals yellow, broadly ovate, about equal to the sepals, ascending; stamens usually 25; pistils numerous; style thickened above the base and tapered to each end, exceeding the ovary to which it is attached well below the middle.


Achenes about 1 mm. long.

Accepted Name:
Drymocallis glandulosa (Lindl.) Rydb.
Publication: A Monograph of the North American Potentilleae 198. 1898.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Potentilla glandulosa Lindl. [HC]
ssp. glabrata – Idaho wood beauty   Occurring east of the Cascades crest in Washington; northern Washington to Nevada, east to Idaho, western Montana, and Wyoming.
ssp. glandulosa – gland cinquefoil, sticky cinquefoil    Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; central British Columbia to California, east to Montana.
ssp. pseudorupestris – cliff drymocallis    Occurring chiefly east of the Cascades crest in Washington; southern British Columbia to California, east to Alberta, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming.
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Drymocallis glandulosa in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Drymocallis glandulosa checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Drymocallis glandulosa atlas page.

CalPhotos: Drymocallis glandulosa photos.

USDA Plants: Drymocallis glandulosa information.

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