Amphibious perennial herb, usually with stolons and rooting from nodes, roots slender, fibrous; stems decumbent to prostrate, creeping, to 50 cm long, simple to few branched, smooth or sparsely stiff short-hairy, somewhat hollow.
Tufted at nodes, simple, lanceolate or oblanceolate to thread-like, 0.7-6.5 cm long, 0.4-10 mm wide, usually entire, sometimes shallowly-toothed, bases and tips pointed to thread-like; long- to short-stalked.
Inflorescence of solitary, terminal flowers or few-flowered cymes near branch tips, on stalks to 10 cm long; bracts lanceolate or oblanceolate, receptacle smooth; petals 5 or 6, distinct, yellow, 2.5-7 mm long, 1-4 mm wide, egg-shaped, nectary on upper surface, the nectary scale smooth, shallowly cup-shaped, wider than long; sepals 5, spreading or weakly bent back, 1.5-4 mm long, 1-2 mm wide, smooth or appressed stiff-hairy; stamens 10-50; pistils 5-50.
Achenes, several to many in a globe-shaped head 2-4 mm long, 3-4 mm wide, the achenes egg-shaped, 1.2-1.6 mm long, 1-1.4 mm wide, smooth, smooth to net-veined; beaks persistent, lanceolate to linear, straight or curved, 0.1-0.6 mm long.
Separation of this species into infraspecific taxa, based mainly on leaf width and flower size, is arbitrary at best. See Calder and Taylor (1968) and Whittemore (1997) for alternative treatments.
|Scientific Name||Origin Status||Provincial Status||BC List|
(Red Blue List)
|Ranunculus flammula var. flammula||Native||S3||Non-established||Not Listed|
|Ranunculus flammula var. ovalis||Native||S4S5||Yellow||Not Listed|
|Ranunculus flammula var. reptans||Native||S5||Yellow||Not Listed|
Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Ranunculus filiformis var. ovalis Bigelow
Ranunculus flammula var. angustifolius Wallr.
Ranunculus flammula var. genuinus Buchenau
Ranunculus flammula var. ovalis (Bigelow) L.D. Benson
Ranunculus flammula var. samolifolius (Greene) L.D. Benson
Ranunculus reptans var. ovalis (Bigelow) Torr. & A. Gray