Ranunculus glacialis

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Ranunculus glacialis
Ranunculus glacialis Kilpisjarvi 2012-07a.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
Order: Ranunculales
Family: Ranunculaceae
Genus: Ranunculus
Species: R. glacialis
Binomial name
Ranunculus glacialis

Ranunculus glacialis, the glacier buttercup[1] or glacier crowfoot, is a plant of the family Ranunculaceae.


Ranunculus glacialis is an Arctic–alpine species, found in the high mountains of southern Europe (Alps, Pyrenees, Carpathians, Sierra Nevada) as well as on the Scandinavian peninsula, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Jan Mayen, Svalbard and eastern Greenland.

It is by many accounts the highest ascending plant in the Alps, flowering at over 4,000 m.


A subspecies, Ranunculus glacialis subsp. chamissonis, is found on either side of the Bering Strait in Siberia, Russia and Alaska, U.S..

Chromolithograph of Glacier-Ranunculus, with Edelweiss, and Alpine Asters, by Helga von Cramm. (With verse by F.R.Havergal. c. 1870.

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  1. ^ a b "Ranunculus glacialis". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved September 10, 2013.