At last, possibly, maybe, could be, spring is — sort of — here at last

I’ve been desperate to find things in bloom to prove that is’ April, not February. So after the Y yesterday I crawled around — literally — on the ground at Kirby Park and found some mouse-eared chickweed and this little darling. It’s a start, even though the weather forecast for today, April 7, is 37 degrees. Yuch.little

Detailed Information

Flower: Flower shape: 5-petals

[photo of flowers] Flowers are at the end of naked stalks that branch out at the top of the plant. Each flower is about ¼ inch across, 5 pale yellow petals and a ring of yellow stamens around a bright green bulbous center. There are 5 round green sepals between the petals that are about as long as the petals. One plant has a few to several flowers.

Leaves: Leaf attachment: alternate Leaf attachment: basal Leaf type: lobed Leaf type: simple

[photo of leaves] Leaves are both basal and alternately attached up the stem. Basal leaves are up to 2 inches long and 2½ inches wide, round to kidney shaped, have scalloped edges and stalks up to 3 inches long. Leaves attached on the lower part of the stem are often lobed in 3 or 5 parts, also with scalloped edges, and shorter stalked. Leaves at the top near the flowers are mostly long and narrow with smooth edges and stalkless or nearly so, but may be lobed. Stems are green and hairless.

Fruit: Fruit type: seed without plume

[photo of fruit] The center bulb elongates to about ¼ inch long and becomes a head of green seeds. The seeds are oval, slightly flattened, and ripen to shiny brown.

Notes:

There are several members of the buttercup family with small yellow flowers, but the leaf shape is pretty unique for each species. The wide shape variation between the basal and top leaves makes Little-leaf Buttercup pretty easy to identify. The basal leaves are the first thing to sprout in the spring and resemble those of some violets.

Author: luzerne2112

As I get older -- and I'm 70 now -- I seem to find more and more that nature is the true source of peace, inspiration and, most of all, the truth the passeth understanding. Though my knowledge is sketchy and superficial, I wanted to share it while I can.

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