Buttercup (12)

Buttercups, the Ranunculus genus, are usually yellow and have five shiny petals but there are exceptions. They usually are found in moist environments, again there are exceptions. See also Water Crowfoot.

Ranunculus alismifolius

Plantain Leafed Buttercup
Ranunculus alismifolius

Family: Buttercup (Ranunculaceae)
AKA: Marsh Buttercup
Photo taken on: June 3, 2007
Location: Snodgrass Mountain, GV, CO
Life Zones: Montane to subalpine
Habitat: Moist meadows, wetlands

Grows to 2ft with broad, entire leaves and 5-12 petals. Can grow in large colonies soon after snow-melt.

Ranunculus alismifolius

Flora of North America reference.

Ranunculus ranunculinus

Tadpole Buttercup
Ranunculus ranunculinus

Family: Buttercup (Ranunculaceae)
AKA: Los Alamos Buttercup
Photo taken on: May 7, 2005
Location: Almont Triangle, GV, CO
Life Zones: Montane
Habitat: Open rocky slopes, sagebrush

Appears after snow-melt only a few inches high carpeting the slopes but plant soon gets tall and untidy. Leaves are dissected. Flowers have five petals.

Flora of North America reference.

Ranunculus glaberrimus

Sagebrush Buttercup
Ranunculus glaberrimus

Family: Buttercup (Ranunculaceae)
AKA:
Photo taken on: April 7, 2007
Location: Almont Triangle, GV, CO
Life Zones: Plains to foothills
Habitat: Moist slopes, sagebrush

Grows 2" to 6" high with narrow to oval basal leaves and deeply lobed stem leaves. Blooms early in the season. Flowers have five petals with reddish sepals.

Flora of North America reference.

Ranunculus uncinatus

Heart-Leaf Buttercup
Ranunculus cardiophyllus

Family: Buttercup (Ranunculaceae)
AKA:
Photo taken on: June 2, 2006
Location: RMBL Gothic, GV, CO
Life Zones: Montane to subalpine
Habitat: Moist meadows

Grows 4" to 16" high. Stem leaves are split into slender lobes, basal leaves are fan or heart shaped with shallow lobes and long stalks. Flowers have five petals. Seed heads are cylindrical.

Flora of North America reference.

Ranunculus acriformis

Sharpleaf Buttercup
Ranunculus acriformis

Family: Buttercup (Ranunculaceae)
AKA:
Photo taken on: July 14, 2006
Location: Rustler Gulch, GV, CO
Life Zones: Montane to subalpine
Habitat: Moist meadows

Grows to 2ft with tiny flowers and geranium-like leaves.

Flora of North America reference.

Ranunculus repens

Creeping Buttercup
Ranunculus repens

Family: Buttercup (Ranunculaceae)
AKA: Creeping Crowfoot
Photo taken on: September 2, 2007
Location: Lottis Creek, GV, CO
Life Zones: Montane to subalpine
Habitat: Moist areas

Grows creeping to 20" with lightly hairy, dark green leaves divided into three leaflets. Flowers have five petals. It is non-native, invasive and considered a weed of concern in some states.

Flora of North America reference.

Ranunculus inamoenus

Graceful Buttercup
Ranunculus inamoenus

Family: Buttercup (Ranunculaceae)
AKA: Ugly Buttercup, Homely Buttercup
Photo taken on: July 14, 2007
Location: Scarps Ridge Trail, GV, CO
Life Zones: Montane to subalpine
Habitat: Moist areas

Grows to 12". Stem leaves are deeply lobed, rounded basal leaves are not. Flowers are small, sometimes lacking petals and produce cylindrical seed heads.

Ranunculus inamoenus

Flora of North America reference.

Ranunculus eschscholtzii

Subalpine Buttercup
Ranunculus eschscholtzii

Family: Buttercup (Ranunculaceae)
AKA: Eschscholtz's Buttercup
Photo taken on: July 12, 2008
Location: South Baldy Trail, GV, CO
Life Zones: Subalpine to alpine
Habitat: Moist, open rocky areas, snow melt

Can grow to 9" but is usually shorter. Basal leaves are deeply lobed.

Flora of North America reference.

Ranunculus macauleyi

Macauley's Buttercup
Ranunculus macauleyi

Family: Buttercup (Ranunculaceae)
AKA: Rocky Mountain Buttercup
Photo taken on: July 12, 2008
Location: South Baldy Trail, GV, CO
Life Zones: Subalpine to alpine
Habitat: Meadows, near receding snow

Grows to 3-6". The large flowers have long dark hairs on the bracts below the petals. The leaves are notched on the tip.

Flora of North America reference.

ranunculus macounii

Macoun's Buttercup
Ranunculus macounii

Family: Buttercup (Ranunculaceae)
AKA: Roughneck Buttercup
Photo taken on: June 18, 2011
Location: Water Canyon Trail, NM
Life Zones: Plains to subalpine
Habitat: Moist areas in woods

Grows to 2 ½ft with a thick, hairy stem. Leaves on the stem are divided into three large-toothed lobes. The basal leaves have long stalks and are heart to kidney shaped. Flowers are small and the seed head is round.

Flora of North America reference.

Ranunculus cymbalaria

Alkali Buttercup
Ranunculus cymbalaria

Family: Buttercup (Ranunculaceae)
AKA: Seaside Crowfoot
Photo taken on: August 11, 2014
Location: Rio Chama, Abiquiu, NM
Life Zones: Plains and foothills
Habitat: Wet areas, bogs, stream sides

Grows to less than 12" with erect flowering stems and runners that take root. Leaves are mostly roundish with scalloped edges. Flowers are small with five petals and produce a cylindrical seed-head.

Flora of North America reference.

Ranunculus adoneus

Snow Buttercup
Ranunculus adoneus

Family: Buttercup (Ranunculaceae)
AKA: Alpine Buttercup
Photo taken on: July 7, 2015
Location: Cottonwood Pass, CO
Life Zones: Subalpine and alpine
Habitat: Talus, meadows near receding snow

Stems grow to 8" with 1 or 2 large flowers. Leaves are divided into narrow segments.

Flora of North America reference.

Yellow Single Flowers