Little Buttercup (Ranunculus uncinatus)

Little Buttercup (Ranunculus uncinatus) is a fairly common species that I associate mostly with disturbed or gravelly areas near stream. I’m most familiar with it from near Indian River, and to this point my experience with this species is only at low elevation.

Ranunculus is one of the more diverse genera in Southeast Alaska, with 15 or more species reported, though at least two of those are introduced and considered invasive. The small inconspicuous flowers of uncinatus are fairly distinctive, though the overall growth form of this species also sets it apart from the rest of its buttercup relatives.




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