Ranunculus species

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Scientific Name Ranunculus adoneus USDA PLANTS Symbol RAAD
Common Name Snow Buttercup, Alpine Buttercup ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 18584
Family Ranunculaceae (Buttercup) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Subalpine and alpine (10000 to 14000 ft); wet areas near snow, streams, meadows and tundra.
Plant: Erect perennial 3 to 10 inches tall, single or multiple smooth stems.
Leaves: Leaves are deeply lobed into fine, linear segments.
Inflorescence: Yellow flowers 1-1/2 inches across with 5 glossy, overlapping petals and about twice as long as the hairy sepals beneath.
Bloom Period: June to August.
References: "The Alpine Flora of the Rocky Mountains" by Richard W. Scott, "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel and "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield.
BONAP Distribution Map
Colorado Status:
Native
Scientific Name Ranunculus eschscholtzii USDA PLANTS Symbol RAES
Common Name Subalpine Buttercup, Eschscholtz's buttercup, Largeflower Buttercup ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 18601
Family Ranunculaceae (Buttercup) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Subalpine and alpine (10000 to 13000); wet areas near snow, streams, in meadows and talus slopes.
Plant: Erect or leaning perennial 2 to 10 inches tall, single or multiple smooth stems.
Leaves: Deeply and palmately dissected into 3 to 5 linear to lanceolate lobes that are in turn lobed or toothed; basal leaves are petiolate; stem leaves are sessile.
Inflorescence: Yellow flowers 1-1/2 inches across with 5 petals, longer than the purplish, hairy sepals beneath.
Bloom Period: June to August.
References: "The Alpine Flora of the Rocky Mountains" by Richard W. Scott, "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel and "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield.
BONAP Distribution Map
Colorado Status:
Native
Scientific Name Ranunculus inamoenus USDA PLANTS Symbol RAIN
Common Name Graceful Buttercup ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 18616
Family Ranunculaceae (Buttercup) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Foothills to subalpine (6000 to 12500 ft); moist areas along ponds, streams, wet slopes.
Plant: Erect perennial 2 to 12 inches tall, single or multiple stems, may be branched.
Leaves: Basal leaves on long petioles, round to ovate, narrow at leaf base, some dissected into 3 to 5 lobes; stem leaves are sessile and deeply dissected into 3 to 7 narrow segments.
Inflorescence: Small flowers less than an inch across with 5 glossy yellow petals, many yellow stamens and green center.
Bloom Period: May to August.
References: "The Alpine Flora of the Rocky Mountains" by Richard W. Scott, "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel and "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield.
BONAP Distribution Map
Colorado Status:
Native

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