Ranunculus adoneus

(Snow Buttercup)

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Ranunculus adoneus, Loveland Pass, Clear Creek Co. 0648

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Ranunculus adoneus, Loveland Pass, Clear Creek Co. 7878

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Ranunculus adoneus, Crystal Lakes, Summit Co. 0812

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Ranunculus adoneus, Loveland Pass, Clear Creek Co. 0636

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Ranunculus adoneus, Crystal Lakes, Summit Co. 1123

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Ranunculus adoneus, Loveland Pass, Clear Creek Co. 0638

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.
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Colorado Status:
Native

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