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WILDLIFE OF NORTHERN ENGLAND

Tormentil and Cinquefoil

Image courtesy of H.Zell   CC BY-SA 3.0 LicensePotentilla erecta 001.JPG

Introduction.

Here review two grassland species the Tormentil,  Potentilla erecta {above Image} and Cinquefoil.  Tormentil grows in grassland on heaths, moors  and bogs and other types of grassland throughout the UK. Cinquefoil, also known as the creeping cinquefoil,  Potentilla reptans, grows on hedge banks , roadsides , grassland and waste places throughout , but rare in northern and central Scotland. We commence with Tormentil.

Components of tormentil.

Tormentil. Description.

The thick root of Tormentil.

Historical uses of Tormentil.

The root is not suitable for eating it is very bitter and low protein value. However, it was used to dye leather red. Because of its high tannin content, it was used in herbal medicine as an astringent. It was also used as an extract to produce a bitter liqueur in Bavaria the Black forest region , known as Blutwurz.

Creeping Cinquefoil. Potentilla reptans. Taken in France.

Courtesy of Olivier Prichard CC BY- SA 3.0 license.Potentilla reptans beauvais-carriere-bracheux 60 20062008 1.jpg

Cinquefoil.

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