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Hemieva ranunculifolia
buttercup-leaf mock brookfoam

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to northern California, east to Alberta and Montana.

Habitat: Foothills to subalpine slopes, on wet, mossy rocks, often where dry by mid-summer.

Flowers: May-August

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Herbaceous perennial from a short rhizome, the usually simple, single stem 1-3.5 dm. tall, strongly glandular-pubescent in the upper portion.


Leaves light green, somewhat fleshy, the basal several with stout petioles 3-11 cm. long; leaf blades 2-4 cm. broad, divided into 3 obovate segments with wedge-shaped bases, the segments with rounded lobes or entire; stipules membranous; cauline leaves 4-9, the petioles and blades reduced but the stipules enlarged upward.


Inflorescence of several flowers in a flat-topped, several-branched panicle; calyx broadly and shallowly bell-shaped, the 5 spreading lobes triangular-lanceolate, 1.5-2.5 mm. long; petals 5, white, spreading, persistent, 3-4 mm. long, obovate to oblanceolate, entire, not clawed; stamens 5.


Ovary 2/3 inferior; capsule 4 mm. long; carpels 2.

Accepted Name:
Hemieva ranunculifolia (Hook.) Raf.
Publication: Flora Telluriana 2: 70. [1837] 1836.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Boykinia ranunculifolia (Hook.) A. Gray
Saxifraga ranunculifolia Hook.
Suksdorfia ranunculifolia (Hook.) Engl. [FNA8, HC]
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Hemieva ranunculifolia in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Hemieva ranunculifolia checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Hemieva ranunculifolia atlas page.

CalPhotos: Hemieva ranunculifolia photos.

USDA Plants: Hemieva ranunculifolia information.

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