Ranunculus inamoenus

(Graceful Buttercup)

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Ranunculus inamoenus, Mayflower Gulch, Summit Co. 4432

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Ranunculus inamoenus, North Swan Valley, Summit Co. 2018

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Ranunculus inamoenus, Pennsylvania Ridge, Summit Co. 9526

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Ranunculus inamoenus, Lower McCullough Gulch, Summit Co. 2245

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Ranunculus inamoenus, North Swan Valley, Summit Co. 2023

Scientific Name Ranunculus inamoenus USDA PLANTS Symbol RAIN
Common Name Graceful Buttercup ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 18616
Family Ranunculaceae (Buttercup) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Foothills to subalpine (6000 to 12500 ft); moist areas along ponds, streams, wet slopes.
Plant: Erect perennial 2 to 12 inches tall, single or multiple stems with fine hairs or smooth; may be branched.
Leaves: Basal leaves on long petioles, reniform to round in outline, crenate or 3-lobed, narrow at leaf base, up to 2 inches long and almost as wide; stem leaves are sessile and deeply dissected into 3 to 7 narrow segments.
Inflorescence: Single or 3 to 7 small flowers on each stem, each less than an inch across with 5 glossy yellow petals, many yellow stamens and green center.
Bloom Period: May 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 and SEINet.
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Colorado Status:
Native

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