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Tall Buttercup

Ranunculus acris
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Habitat: Damp meadows, clearings and roadsides.

Description: Tall, and hairy.  Leaves have long stalks, and grow at the base of stems.  3-5 lobes, heart shaped, with ragged edges.  Glossy yellow flowers in loose clusters at stem tip.

Size: 30-80 cm tall.

Fun Facts: The sap of the tall buttercup is extremely painful if it comes in contact with the mouth or other mucus membranes.  It can also cause sores, and boils on the skin.

Source:  Johnson D., L. Kershaw, A. MacKinnon, and J. Pojar. Plants of the Western Boreal Forest and Aspen Parkland.  1995.  Lone Pine Publishing.

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Timothy
Phleum pratense
Long stem, tufted, grows in large clumps.  The flower at the tip is very dense, spiky with a hairy fringe. Stands very straight.  Light green in color, that turns to brown through the summer.
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