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Little Thumb Butte - Sue Smith

Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Ranunculus cymbalaria - alkali buttercup

Synonyms: Cyrtorhyncha cymbalaria, Halerpestes cymbalaria
Plant Form: Forb or Subshrub

Family: Ranunculaceae

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Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Perennial
General Desc: Low growing, creeping perennial with shiny green, heart-shaped, lobed leaves, mostly basal. Yellow flowers have 5 petals and 5 sepals and are to 1/2 inch wide. A green, oblong seed head rises to 1/2 inch from the center of the flower.
Identification notes: Perennial. Roots fibrous with long slender stolons that root at the nodes. Leaves all basal; leaf blades nearly circular, with margins of very small, low, rounded teeth, not parted or cleft. Flower petals yellow.
Height: To 6 inches


Habitat Description: Grows in muddy sites of bogs, marshes, stream banks, and pools; often saline.
Plant Communities: Riparian
Elevation: 3000 - 8000 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: Yellow, yellowish-green     Shape: Regular not in clusters     Tubular: N     Flowering Period: May - Sep
Description: Flowers are yellow with 5 petals, 5 sepals and an oval, green seed head that rises to 1/2 inch long from the center.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Triangular     Leaf Margin: Toothed     Leaf Attachment: Basal     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: No     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Leaves are shiny green, heart-shaped to nearly circular, with margins of rounded teeth.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Color: Tan   
Fruit Type: Achene
Fruit Notes: Dry seed in a short, cylindrical cluster to 1/2 inch long.
Seed Notes: Seeds are oblong and ribbed, with a short, straight beak.

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