Ranunculus pygmaeus

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Ranunculus pygmaeus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Ranunculales
Family: Ranunculaceae
Genus: Ranunculus
Species: R. pygmaeus
Binomial name
Ranunculus pygmaeus

Ranunculus pygmaeus (the pygmy buttercup or dwarf buttercup) is a species of buttercup found throughout the Arctic, as well as in the mountains of Norway and the Rocky Mountains. A few populations also exist in the Eastern Alps and Tatra Mountains.

Pygmy Butercup, Ranunculus pygmaeus

It is a small plant, prostrate-ascending, 1-5 cm tall. The stems are single-flowered, with the basal leaves numerous. The leaves are deeply cleft into 3-5 lobes. The flowers are 5-6 mm in diameter, with five pale yellow petals, and five hairy sepals. After flowering, the stems stretch considerably, reaching far above the basal leaves. It grows in snowbeds, moss carpets and other moist localities.

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