Ranunculus gmelinii (Small Yellow Water-Crowfoot) - photos and description

Ranunculus gmelinii

Ranunculus gmelinii

Ranunculus gmelinii
Looking straight down on plants

Ranunculus gmelinii

Ranunculus gmelinii

General: Low, semi-aquatic plants, can be found floating in water, or growing in mud flats. Stems procumbent and root at the nodes. Some petioles with a few hairs, otherwise we observed the plants to be glabrous.

Flowers:  Flowers terminal on long stalks, bright yellow, we measured flowers to 1.5 cm in diameter.

Leaves: Leaves are cauline, alternate, reniform to orbicular, deeply lobed. The leaf highlighted in the photo above was 17 mm wide.

Height: We measured flowering stems to 14 cm.

Habitat: Ponds, streams, and lakeshores.

Abundance: Common.

Origin: Native.

When and where photographed: Took the above photos on June 21st, sluggish steam among beaver swamps, Cypress Hills, 450 km south west of Regina, and dried prairie stream bed about 70 km south east of our home in Regina, SK.