Buttercup-Like Flowers )
Buttercup Family (Ranunculaceae)
Habitat: Subalpine and Slightly Above
Height: Up to 40 cm
Description: One of the very distinctive plants of the subalpine and alpine, the western anemone is not easily confused. Look for a very hairy, thick stem from which a fringe of finely dissected, hairy leaves emerge. The large, creamy white flowers have a 5-6 petal-like sepals, and a yellow centre. The flowers are short lived, and are soon replaced by a feathery white seed head. Attached to each seed is a long feathery strand. When still on the plant, it almost appears as a blond wig. This has spawned a local nickname: 'hippie on a stick'.
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