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Buttercup, sagebrush (Ranunculus glaberrimus)
French name: renoncule
General: This very small wildflower (max. 15 cm tall) appears shortly after snowmelt in B.C. grassland areas.
Leaves & Twigs: Sagebrush buttercup mainly produces low, basal leaves that often show shallow notches near the leaf tip.
Flowers & Fruit: In early spring, this plant makes an intense show of shiny yellow flowers. Dense fruit clusters (7–12 mm across) contain up to 150 tiny seeds. Each seed has a hairy texture and a slightly curved hook, which can latch onto fur or clothing to carry the seeds to a new location. Check your socks!
Habitat:Sagebrush buttercup occurs throughout B.C.’s arid grassland regions. It is often found growing with big sagebrush plants, ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir trees.
Sampling: Select a typical patch of plants, if the plants are very abundant, mark off a 1-metre-square section to observe.