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The picture was taken in the German Alps in about 1500m. What is it?

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I'm not familiar with European plants, and I can't find a checklist of the flora of Germany, but this looks very much like a cinquefoil (Potentilla). P. caulescens looks to be a common species of rocky alpine areas in western Europe ( "In the Alps Potentilla caulescens is often the main character species of carbonate rock in the true alpine zone").

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