|Scientific Name||Ranunculus glaberrimus var. ellipticus||USDA PLANTS Symbol||RAGLE|
|Common Name||Sagebrush Buttercup||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||18606|
Life zones and habitat: Plains to montane (5100 to 10000 ft); moister areas on slopes and in meadows.
Plant: Low perennial with one to several smooth, prostrate or ascending stems; up to 7 inches tall; each stem with 1 to 4 flowers.
Leaves: Basal leaf blades elliptic to oblanceolate entire to deeply 3-lobed, 3/8 to 2 inches long and less than 3/4-inch wide, gradually tapering to a petiole one to several times as long; stem leaves are simple or cleft into 3 linear lobes.
Inflorescence: One to a few flowers on smooth pedicels up to 4 inches long; flowers about an inch across with 5 glossy yellow petals turning white with age; 5 spreading, reddish-tinged sepals; many yellow stamens and green center.
Bloom Period: April to June.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, "The Alpine Flora of the Rocky Mountains" by Richard W. Scott, Flora of North America and Montana Plant Life.
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