Syn.: Hecatonia alpestris Schur, Leuconoe alpestris Fourr.
Family: Ranunculaceae Juss.
Ranunculus alpestris
Distribution: Mountains of central and southern Europe – the Pyrenees, Alps, Jura, Apennines, Carpathians.
Ecology: It grows on rocks, in rock crevices, also in rubble and around the edges of late snow patches, on limestone or silicate soils, in subalpine and alpine zones. It blooms from May to August.
Ranunculus alpestris
Description: Perennial herb, caespitose, 5–12 cm tall. Stem erect, glabrous. Basal leaves shortly petiolate, 3–5-lobed, rounded in outline, deeply crenate, shiny; cauline leaves differing from basal, 1 or 2, linear. Flowers solitary or 2–3, 20–25 mm in diameter; sepals glabrous; honey-leaves obcordate, white. The fruit is an achene, c. 1.5 mm, with a slender beak.
Threat and protection: The Alpine Buttercup is protected by law in Slovakia.
Ranunculus alpestrisRanunculus alpestris
Ranunculus alpestris
These images were taken in Slovakia, Malá Fatra, Veľký Kriváň (June 14, 2004).