Ranunculaceae
Ranunculus glaberrimus

Sagebrush Buttercup

Decumbent to erect, hairless, usually in small clumps. Stem single, may be branched at top. Basal leaves narrow to spoon-shaped, 1 1/2–2 in. long, entire to deeply 3-lobed and tapered at the base to a petiole at least as long as the leaf. Flowers yellow, often turning white with age, petals 1/2 in. long. Grows in sagebrush, juniper woods, conifer forests, at mid to high elevations. Var. glaberrimus has basal leaves egg-shaped to nearly round, scalloped with 1–3 bluntly rounded tips. Var. ellipticus has lance-shaped entire leaves; upper stem leaves may be deeply divided into 3 lobes.

  • Rarity: Common
  • Flowering Time: All Spring
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
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  • Habitat: Shrub-Steppe, East-Side Forest
  • Found In: Steens, Wallowas, Olympic NP
  • Native: Yes