September 19, 2017

Staying Afloat

Ranunculus aquatilis - White water crowfoot

Ranunculus aquatilis – White water crowfoot | Photo courtesy of Glen Mittelhauser/Maine Natural History Observatory

Ranunculus aquatilis is an aquatic plant in the buttercup family. Better known as white water buttercup or white water crowfoot, the plant grows in lakes, ponds and streams. The flower is five-petaled with a yellow center, but its leaf structure is the interesting piece. The plant sports two types of leaves: the fine leaves underwater and the floating leaves above the water line. Those above the water can form a matlike structure on the surface. This plant was photographed at Baxter State Park in August.

Wild Wednesday is a collaboration of Garden Maine and Glen Mittelhauser of the nonprofit Maine Natural History Observatory, www.mainenaturalhistory.org.

Earlier in 2012, Glen began working to catalog the plants of Baxter State Park, which you can read about here and find out how to sponsor a plant of your own. Courtesy of a poll taken earlier this year, Garden Maine is sponsoring this lovely plant.