Plantainleaved buttercup as seen at the Sondino Unit of the Klickitat Wildlife Area, Columbia River Gorge............May6, 2014.
Plantain-leaved buttercup is a perennial wildflower with one to several hollow stems which are erect or spreading and up to 60 cm long. The stems may be simple or branched within the inflorescence.
The leaves are long (to 15 cm), narrow, and lanceolate with long plantain-like petioles which may be as much as twice as long as the blades. . The leaves are usually entire, but may be slightly toothed. The stem leaves are reduced in size and alternate or opposite. The upper leaves are short petiolate or sessile.
The inflorescence consists of one to many flowers with long peidicels (up to 15 cm long). Individual flowers are a shiny yellow, with 5 petals measuring 5-10 mm long and 5 greenish, hairy sepals from 3-5 mm long.The stamens number from 25 to 90.
Plantain-leaf buttercup is found in wet swales and pond margins, along streambanks or in moist alpine meadows.
Plantain-leaf buttercup is widespread in distribution throughout the western United States and southwestern Canada.
In the Columbia River Gorge it may be found between the elevations of 500'-2300' between the White Salmon River and The Dalles, OR.
The photograph shows a close-up sideview of the flower of plantainleaved buttercup as seen in a ditch along Kreps Lane in Conboy NWR at the southeastern base of Mt Adams.......May 30, 2006.