RANUNCULACEAE IN MOUNTAINS

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RANUNCULACEAE IN MOUNTAINS
Created On: Jun 4, 2010
Last Edited On: Jun 6, 2010

Sunny flowers in spring...

Hepatica...
Glacier crowfoot...

Ranunculus aquatilis...
Alder forest...

About 50 genera including 1900 species belong to the Ranunculaceae (buttercup or crowfoot family). Plants in this family mainly develop composite leaves. Flowers have many stamens and pistils arranged spirally and they are green (Helleborus), white (Isopyrum, Ranunculus), blue (Nigella, Aconitum, Delphinium, Hepatica, Clematis, Aquilegia). The most spectacular are spring yellow flowers of Caltha, Ranunculus and Ficaria. The family includes mostly perennial plants; herbs, woody climbers and sporadically shrubs. In a foreland of mountains we can often find representatives of the genera Ranunculus, Caltha and Anemone. On the level of mountain meadows plants of Aconitum, Caltha laeta and Trollius grow. In higher positions, in the spruce forest there is a habitat for a climber plant, Clematis alpina. On bare rocks, near glaciers Ranunculus glacialis try to survive. Almost in the all zones of mountains we can see members of Ranunculaceae.
It will be continued.........

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