Cutleaf Buttercup
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Cutleaf Buttercup
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Cutleaf Buttercup
Botanical name: Ranunculus brotherusii    Family: Ranunculaceae (Buttercup family)
Synonyms: Ranunculus affinis var. dasycarpus

Cutleaf Buttercup is a perennial herb with erect branched 1-4 stems, usually 2.5-12 cm tall. Flowers are borne solitary at branch ends, 0.6-1.3 cm across. Sepals are 5, ovate, 2.2--3.2 mm, whitish pubescent below. Petals are 5, obovate or elliptic-obovate, 3-8 x 2.5-4 mm, nectary pit without a scale, tip rounded. Stamens are numerous, anthers oblong. Basal leaves are 5-15, stalk 1.2-3.5 cm, blade 3-parted or 3-time cut, circular-ovate or pentagonal in outline, occasionally circular and then broadly 3-lobed. Stem leaves are 2-4, lower ones similar to basal leaves, upper ones stalkless, palmately cut. segments linear. Aggregate fruit is ovoid, rarely spherical, 3-6 x 2-4 mm. Achene are slightly bilaterally compressed, obliquely obovoid, 1-1.5 x about 0.8 mm, style persistent, 0.3-0.5 mm. Cutleaf Buttercup is found in the Himalayas, from Pakistan to W China. at altitudes of 3300-5000 m. It is common in Lahaul. Flowering: May-August.

Identification credit: Nongthombam Ullysess Photographed in Lahaul, Himachal Pradesh.

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