Ranunculus distans subsp. distans (syn: Ranunculus brevirostris Edgew.; Ranunculus distans Royle ex D.Don (ambiguous synonym); Ranunculus laetus Wall. (ambiguous synonym); Ranunculus laetus Wall. ex Royle (ambiguous synonym); Ranunculus laetus subsp. laetiformis P.N.Ovchinnikov; Ranunculus laetus subsp. pseudolaetus (Tamura) P.N.Ovchinnikov; Ranunculus pseudolaetus Tamura) as per Catalogue of life;
India: Temperate to subalpine regions in Himalaya in damp fields and ditches. Jammu & Kashmir (Ladakh), Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Orissa; Afghanistan; Pakistan; China (Tibet); Nepal; Bhutan; Central Asia and Russia as per Srivastava SK (2010) Revision of genus Ranunculus L.(Ranunculaceae) in India. Taiwania 55(3): 273-314. [Full text with line diagrams];
S-Tibet, China (NW-Yunnan), Afghanistan (Badakshan, Baghlan, Herat, Kabul, Kunar / Nuristan, Laghman, Wardak, Nangarhar, Paktia / Khost, Parwan, Takhar), Bhutan, N-India, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Nepal, Sikkim, Jammu & Kashmir (Poonch, Kashmir), Pakistan (Waziristan, Kurram, Chitral, N.W.Frontier Prov., Swat, Hazara, Murree), Pakistani Kashmir (Gilgit, Baltistan, Azad Kashmir),
India (Himachal Pradesh, Orissa)
as per Catalogue of life;
Tall perennial herb with long petioled softly appressed hairy leaves, 2.5-3 cm across flowers, densely white hairy sepals with membranous margin, larger obovate petals and achenes in a globose head.



Ranunculaceae Week: Ranunculus distans from Kashmir:
Ranunculus distans Royle, Ill. Bot. Himal. Mts. 1: 53 53 1834. syn: Ranunculus laetus Wall. ex Royle; Ranunculus pseudolaetus Tamura
Tall perennial herb with long petioled softly appressed hairy leaves, 2.5-3 cm across flowers, densely white hairy sepals with membranous margin, larger obovate petals and achenes in a globose head.
Photographed from Srinagar, Kashmir and from Manali.


Harwan on June 17, 19 from Pattan and 20 from Gulmarg in 2010; 26-09-2010: Prini Village, Himachal; Ranunculus laetus from Kashmir – efloraofindia | Google Groups ID request-181010-PKA3 – efloraofindia | Google Groups

Location Kalatope, Chamba
Altitude 2000 mts
Habit herb
Habitat wild/ meadows
Plant height 10-12 inches

Ranunculus distans (syn: R. laetus)


Location – Road side, on the way to Gulmarg, Kashmir
Habitat – Wild herb around 6″ tall
Date – May 31, 2011

Ranunculus distans (syn: R. laetus)


Wild Flower for ID : Kashmir : 121011 : AK-1:
Wild flowers found in a number of places at Patni Top, .. Kashmir on the 5th of Sept,11.
Small plants.

I had mentioned from Patni Top where we took a halt for the day.
I will check for more pictures.

This appears to be Ranunculus laetus.


Ranunculus/ABDEC14 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4)
I found this beautiful buttercup on my walk today. I thought I knew this but I am now not certain. Could it be Ranunculus distans or Ranunculus repens?

Mcleodganj, Dharamshala. HP
Young leaves on the same plant are like this:
And the bud:

I think R. distans (syn: R. laetus), common in Himalayas.

Thank you …

Ranunculaceae Fortnight:: Ranunculus for id from Chakrata:: NS 2015 Jan-30 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (6).
Ranunculus from Chakrata.. again a taller one, help in getting id..

I think R. laetus only, now known as R. distans


Ranunculaceae Fortnight:: Ranunculus distans ? from Chakrata:: NS 2015 Jan-29 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (7)
This tall species of Ranunculus is quite frequent in Chakrata area..
Please suggest the specific id..can this be Ranunculus distans ??

I think yes (syn: R. laetus)

Ranunculaceae Fortnight:: Ranunculus from Chakrata:: NS 2015 Jan-24 : 5 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (4)
This species of Ranunculus was recorded from Chakrata..
Please suggest the specific id..
I may be repeating many of them, as they are recorded at different times, different places..

Ranunculus distans only I hope

the hairy characters of the plant takes it very close to Ranunculus gouanii

A European Plant, not reported from India.

Wow What a treasure of Ranunculus you have.

Ranunculus distans syn: R. laetus
Photographed from Kashmir


Ranunculus distans Royle.
at Manali on June 3, 2008

Yes … a common species


Family: Ranunculaceae
Date: 25th May 2015
Place: Haripurdhar-Nohradhar Route, Himachal Pradesh

Habit: Herb
Altitude: 2150 metres above sea level

Ranunculus distans (syn: R. laetus).

Buttercup? Kalatope id al200411:
Is this from the buttercup family..??
Location Dalhousie
Altitude 1800mts

Habit herb
Habitat wild/roadsides
Height 20 inches

Ranunculus laetus, I suppose


Family: Ranunculaceae
Date: 25th May 2015
Place: Haripurdhar-Nohradhar Route, Himachal Pradesh
Habit: Herb
Altitude: 2150 metres above sea level

I think same R. distans.

What about Ranunculus laetus ?

Thanks, … Both are same. Pl. see Ranunculus laetus


Ranunculus distans ABJAN01/14 : 5 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (10)
Some buttercups are flowering already. I am not sure if it is due to mild weather this winter here. Flora of China says that R. sceleratus flowers in Jan-July but has small flowers.
I am more inclined to think that my sample is R. distans (R. laetus previously but see http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=2&taxon_id=242000634)
A few observations;
Flower 2cm across, sepals hairy (villous), on a long stalk with adpressed white hair. The basal leaves large—slightly wider than long, on hairy stalks (11cmx9cm). Upper leaves without pedicels, in three, and about 4cm. The main stem hollow, hairier at nodes.
Apart from lanceolate, narrow the flowering time, the features point to R. distans. Please advise.
I am including a screenshot from the Flora of British India by J. D. Hooker.
R. distans
Above Mcleodganj, Dharamshala, HP
20 January 2016

Thanks, …, for the nice illustrations.
I think these match with images at Ranunculus laetus

Thank you … It’s curious that many spring flowers are already out this winter.

Should be.
Koel which is generally silent in winters here also, is calling incessantly since last 15 days or so in Kolkata as if it’s spring time.

Thanks … I think some expert should study this phenomenon and publish a paper.  Are we in every year for an early spring? Why some plants react to warm winters while others don’t? It would be a worthwhile to record this change.

Ranunculus distans ATFEB2016/08 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)
Ranunculus distans Syn. R. laetus
Solan (H.P.)
April 2015

Beautiful capture, …


Ranunculus distans? ABMAY2017/11 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (16)
These photographs were taken around 1800m between 13 and 22 April. I am not sure if this is R. distans. Please advise.

R. distans?
Dal Lake and around
13-22 April 2017

Your images are always wonderful and treat to watch.

I also think close to images at Ranunculus laetus


Ranunculus distans Royle (syn. Ranunculus laetus Wall. ex Royle)commonly known as: cheerful buttercup
Native of India
Viewed: 03 JUN 08, Van Vihar, Manali, Himachal Pradesh

It is good to see that the proposal which I had made in my book in 1976 has finally been accepted by Kew Plant List and Tropicos. Treating Ranunculus distans Royle as accepted name.

Attached are pictures of Ranunculus laetus captured near Manali and Dharamshala, HP in October 2014.
Earlier posted on the forum, posting it now under family fortnight.

Now known as R. distans

Requesting to please validate ID of this plant captured at different places near Manali and Dharamshala, HP in October 2014.
I hope this is Ranunclus laetus (based on … submission earlier last month).

Very beautiful Uploads. Ranunculus laetus is a very complex specie and has been deliminated into four subspecies so kindly disseminate all relevant information about the plant which can help in correct identification of the species

Thank you … for feedback… Unfortunately, I do not have any further pics/details

I think same as in Ranunculaceae Fortnight :: Ranunculus laetus :: HP :: ARKJAN-13/45



Ranunculaceae Fortnight:: Ranunculus laetus? from Chakrata:: NS 2015 Jan-35 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)
This one was recorded from Chakrata area during one of my earliest visits to that place…
Please validate or correct the identification..

efi page on Ranunculus laetus                                         

Yes, appears to be closer to Ranunculus distans subsp. distans as per comparative images at Ranunculus

This was again recorded from Chakrata area, please confirm/correct the id..
I think this can be Ranunculus laetus..

Yes … Very good photographs

Beautiful photograph yes it seems Ranunculus laetus

Badrinath, Uttarakhand, June 2009; in Lahaul spiti H.P.- June’09?; Ranunculus adoxifolius Flower from Uttarakhand (200609SCS1) – indiantreepix | Google Groups


SK1326 27 JUL 2018 : 9 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (9)- around 500 kb each.

Location: Jitpur Phedi, n Nepal
Altitude : 5000 ft.
Date: 19 June 2018
Habit : Wild  
Which Ranunculus ??

Perhaps R. muricatus

I guess slight different to your guess and the flowering period is not matching.

Pl. check at Ranunculus muricatus as suggested by …

I did check accordingly earlier but still doubtful.
I guess slight different to the flowering period which is not matching.

Pl. check with R. laetus as per keys and illustrations at Srivastava SK (2010) Revision of genus Ranunculus L.(Ranunculaceae) in India. Taiwania 55(3): 273-314. [Full text with line diagrams]

Thank you …! It is matching !



Plant for ID-PC-19-21.10.2015 : 3 posts by 2 authors. 1 correct image as above.
Please identify the small herb from an estate near Ranikhet, Uttarakhand.

Here are two different plants..one of them Youngia sp. (japonica ?)..the second one, Ranunculus sp. ..

2nd image as attached appears close to Ranunculus distans subsp. distans


Ranunculus repens in FOI : 4 posts by 3 authors.
Your images at Ranunculus repens in FOI may not be of this species as it has been reported from India, only from Sikkim as per Srivastava SK (2010) Revision of genus Ranunculus L.(Ranunculaceae) in India. Taiwania 55(3): 273-314. [Full text with line diagrams].
Pl. check Ranunculus cantoniensis DC. as per

Thanks …, You are right. This plant should be Ranunculus laetus, which is now called Ranunculus distans.

There is confusion about the accepted name since different links says differently, viz., POWO, CoL and GBIF!


Yellow flowers with rannunculus sp.: 1 image.
Kangra himachal pradesh.
Tuberous root

2 Sp. mixed-up!

Pl. check comparative images at Ranunculus

please check these.. still no flowers yet
8 images.

I think it may come out to be Ranunculus distans subsp. distansas per images and details herein.


I’d request for this Ranunculus sp.: 3 high res. images.
Seems to be R.acris.
Location:Kulgam, J&K.
Habit:Erect herbaceous. 
Petals yellow in colour. 
Habitat: apple gardens… Damp soil…water canal banks. Pond ridges.

Maybe Ranunculus distans subsp. distans as per comparative images a Ranunculus
Pl. check with your complete images.

Yes …, you are right


Ranunculus???- RAJOURI J AND K: 1 high res. image.

Habitat and leaf images ??

Seems to be R. laetus


Ranunculus???- Rajouri, J & K ?: 1 high res. image.

Where is it from ? Elevation ? Flowering date? Location ? Habitat image?

Ranunculus repens Profile

Location: Rajouri jandk
Date: 15-05-2021
Habit: Herb

More photographs should help, but R. laetus looks possible.


SK 3629 24 August 2022: 2 very high res. images.

Location: Nagma, Kalikot, Nepal
Altitude: 1900m.
Date: 01 June  2022
Habit : Wild
Which Ranunculus… ??

I think close to images at Ranunculus distans subsp. distans

Thank you


J&K, Srinagar, April 2023 :: Ranunculus for ID :: ARK2023-032: 3 high res. images.
These were growing wild en route the Cheshmeshahi gardens in Srinagar, J&K in April 2023.
I think they are some Ranunculus.
Requested to please provide ID.

Ranunculus distans D. Don  (syn: R. laetus Wall.)



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