Buttercup Family (Ranunculaceae)
Habitat: Montane to Subalpine Moist Areas
Height: Up to 1 m
Description: This unique plant has both male and female plants, which means you must identify two very different plants as representatives of the same species. The leaves are similar to the columbine (Aquilegia spp.). They are bluish-green and compound, with two or three fan-shaped leaflets. The individual leaflets have many shallow lobes. The male flowers form drooping clusters of brownish filaments attached to yellow anthers. The female flowers form a loose cluster of flower-like collections of 8-15 elongated pistils. They form a star-like cluster. There are no petals on either male or female plants.
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