Ranunculus glaberrimus (Shining Buttercup) - photos and description

Ranunculus glaberrimus

Ranunculus glaberrimus

Ranunculus glaberrimus

Ranunculus glaberrimus
Basal leaf in above photo

Ranunculus glaberrimus
Basal leaf in above photo

Ranunculus glaberrimus
Stem leaf in above photo

Ranunculus glaberrimus
Purple coloration of sepals

General: Low perennials with a tufted growth habit, stems decumbent to erect. Stems glabrous.

Flowers:  flowers measured to 20 mm diameter. Flower petals are ovate, sepals purplish-green.

Leaves: Plants have two different shapes for basal leaves - 1) lanceolate and entire, we measured one of these types of basal leaves at 45 mm long (including petiole) and 10 mm wide; or, 2) wedge-shaped and broader, and having three lobes, we measured one of these types of basal leaves at 3 cm long and 15 mm wide. Stem leaves are alternate, and deeply divided into 3 lanceolate leaflets. Leaves glabrous to sparsely hairy.

Height: We measured plants to 6 cm tall.

Habitat: Prairie grassland.

Abundance: Common.

Origin: Native.

When and where photographed: The above photos were taken on May 2nd, grassy meadow, Oro Lake about 150 km southwest of our home in Regina, SK.