Pretty Buttercup
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Pretty Buttercup
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Pretty Buttercup
Botanical name: Ranunculus pulchellus    Family: Ranunculaceae (Buttercup family)

Pretty Buttercup is an erect perennial herb, with fibrous root. Stems are 15-20 cm, hairless or sparsely hairy, usually 1- or 2-branched. Basal leaves are 5-7, stalk 2-6 cm, blade sometimes 3-lobed, ovate, elliptic, or obovate, 0.8-1.6 x 0.5-0.9 cm, papery or leathery, hairless or sparsely hairy, base broadly wedge-shaped or rounded, margin 1-3-toothed on each side, tip slightly pointed. Stem leaves are stalkless, 3-partite or 3-sect, segments linear. Flowers are borne solitary, at branch ends, about 1 cm in diameter. Sepals are 5, elliptic, 5-7 x 3.8-5 mm, nectary pit without a scale, tip rounded. Stamens are numerous; anthers oblong. Aggregate fruit ovoid, 5--7 × 4--5 mm. Achene is obliquely obovoid, about 2 × 1 mm, hairless, style persistent, about 0.5 mm. Pretty Buttercup is found in the Himalayas, at altitudes of 2300-3100 m. Flowering: June-July.

Identification credit: Nongthombam Ullysess Photographed enroute to Sangetsar Lake, Arunachal Pradesh.

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