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Ranunculus cymbalaria

Ranunculus cymbalaria

Ranunculus cymbalaria

Ranunculus cymbalaria. Synonyms: Halerpestus cymbalaria, Cyrtorhyncha cymbalaria. (Marsh Buttercup)
Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)

Semi-desert, foothills, montane. Ponds, wetlands. Summer.
Mesa Verde National Park, June 2, 2015.

Ranunculus cymbalaria spreads by stolons along the edges of streams and ponds and in seepages and swamps. Notice the small, new plants in the lower right quarter of the photograph above. Stolons have rooted and these new plants will soon cover that area.

Ranunculus cymbalaria is the most widely distributed and most common Ranunculus species in the West. It is also found in South America and in Eurasia, but is apparently uncommon in the latter since it escaped detection until after it was found by Pursh in the United States.

Frederick Pursh named this plant in his 1814 Flora Americae Septentrionalis from collections he made "In saline marshes near the saltworks of Onondago, New York". "Cymbalaria" is from the Greek "kymbalon" and/or the Latin "cymbalum" 
for "cymbal," referring to some resemblance to the genus Cymbalaria and/or to the rounded, cymbal-like leaf shape.

Ranunculus cymbalaria

Ranunculus cymbalaria. Synonyms: Halerpestus cymbalaria, Cyrtorhyncha cymbalaria. (Marsh Buttercup)
Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)

Semi-desert, foothills, montane. Ponds, wetlands. Summer.
Mesa Verde National Park, June 2, 2015.

Ranunculus cymbalaria leaves are a glossy green and can vary from oblong to orbicular.

Range map © John Kartesz,
Floristic Synthesis of North America

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Ranunculus cymbalaria

Range map for Ranunculus cymbalaria