Softly Hairy Buttercup
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Softly Hairy Buttercup
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Softly Hairy Buttercup • Hindi: Piryali, Simariya
Botanical name: Ranunculus hirtellus    Family: Ranunculaceae (Buttercup family)

Softly Hairy Buttercup is a small erect or spreading herb, usually 6-15 cm high. Base leaves are rounded and deeply cut into broad lobes. The stem leaves, on the other hand, are divided into 3-5 lanceshaped lobes. Flowers are bright yelloe, 1-1.5 cm across. Flower stalk is 1-12 cm long, minutely hairy. Sepals are densely hairy beneath. Basal leaves are 1-3 cm across, with oval lobes with rounded teeth. Softly Hairy Buttercup is found in the Himalayas, from Kashmir to Sikkim, Tibet and W. China, at altitudes of 2800-5500 m. Flowering: May-July.

Identification credit: Pankaj Kumar, J.M. Garg Photographed at Great Himalayan National Park, Himachal Pradesh & Gulmarg, Kashmir.

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