Ranunculus glaberrimus (Shining Buttercup) - photos and description



Basal leaf in above photo

Basal leaf in above photo

Stem leaf in above photo

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.