Sunday, July 6, 2014

Alpine Buttercup (Ranunculus adoneus)

Alpine Buttercup.  David Kenison.  Click to enlarge

Also known as Snow Buttercup, Western Wild Buttercup.

The stunning bright yellow of the Alpine Buttercup brightens many moist seeps and crevices near and above timberline. The blooms are about an inch in diameter, sometimes scattered and single, sometimes in clusters. The 5 petals curve slightly up into a bowl shape - hence the name.  Mammals and rodents eat the foliage.

These photos taken on Pfeifferhorn and Timpanogos, June 2014.  Click to enlarge.

Additional information:
USDA profile
Wildflower center

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