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; 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.
References: Decr. adapted from "The Alpine Flora of the Rocky Mountains" by Richard W. Scott and "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel.
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; wet areas near snow, streams, meadows, 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 lobes; 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.
References: "The Alpine Flora of the Rocky Mountains" by Richard W. Scott and "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel.
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: Montane and subalpine; 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.
References: Descr. adapted from "The Alpine Flora of the Rocky Mountains" by Richard W. Scott and "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel.
Colorado Status
Native

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