Spreading Buttercup
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Spreading Buttercup
ative trifoliate Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Spreading Buttercup • Nepali: Nakkore jhar • Nepali: मार्दी झार Maardi Jhaar, सानो सर्रो Saano Sarro, नरपोलो Narapolo • Nepali: नाककोरे झार Naakkore Jhaar, मर्दी झार Mardee Jhaar, सानो सर्रो Saano Sarro, नरपोलो Narapolo
Botanical name: Ranunculus diffusus    Family: Ranunculaceae (Buttercup family)
Synonyms: Ranunculus mollis, Ranunculus nepalensis, Ranunculus decumbens

Spreading Buttercup is a perennial herb with fibrous roots and ascending or prostrate stems, 10-40 cm. The stem roots at lower nodes. Basal leaves 1-3; petiole 4-9 cm, blade simple or ternate, 3-partite or 3-sect. Ternate leaves with blade 2.8-4.5 × 3-5.5 cm, petiolules short; central leaflet ovate, 3-lobed; lateral leaflets unequally 2-lobed. Lower stem leaves similar to basal ones, upper stem leaves with shorter stalks. Yellow flowers 0.8-1.5 cm in diam. Stalk 1-5.5 cm. Petals 5(or 6), narrowly obovate or oblong-obovate, 5-7 × 2-4 mm, nectary pit covered by a scale, apex rounded. Stamens numerous; anthers oblong or ellipsoid. Spreading Buttercup is found in the Himalayas, at altitudes of 1100-3100 m, from Afghanistan to NE India. Flowering: March-June.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Kufri, Himachal Pradesh & Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh.

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