Spoon-Leaf Buttercup
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Spoon-Leaf Buttercup
P Native Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Spoon-Leaf Buttercup
Botanical name: Ranunculus trivedii    Family: Ranunculaceae (Buttercup family)
Synonyms: Ranunculus lobatus, Ranunculus salsuginosus D.Don

Spoon-Leaf Buttercup is a perennial herb forming clumps with fine fibrous roots; stem several prostrate, 5-7 cm high, bearing leaf rosettes. Rosette leaves are 1-2.5 cm in diameter, long-stalked; blade broadly ovate to rounded, nearly round, heart-shaped at base, margins teeth rounded, sometimes deep forming lobes, leathery, nearly hairless, dark green above, pale green beneath; stem leaves, 3-lobed, shorter-stalked. Flower-cluster-stalk is 3.5-7.0 cm long, appressed hairy. Flowers are solitary, 1.5-2.5 cm in diameter, yellow. Sepals are ovate to ovate-oblong, 4-5 mm long, hairless, rounded at tip. Petals are obovate to ovate-oblong, 4-7 cm in diameter Achenes about 1.5 mm in oval head, slightly compressed, terminated by the long straight style as beak. Spoon-Leaf Buttercup is is found in the Himalayas to Tibet, at altitudes of Flowering: June-August.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Tawang distt., Arunachal Pradesh.

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