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Majella buttercup

Family: Ranunculaceae

Scientific name: Ranunculus magellensis Ten.

Description: It is a herbaceous perennial plant that can grow up to 4-10 cm. It has basal leaves with petioles and rounded blade, and white flowers. It blooms between July and August and grows in the snow-covered little valleys, as well as on rocky ledges and in stony grasslands covered by snow for long periods.

Distribution: It is an endemic plant of the central Apennines that can be found on the main mountain ranges, with the exception of Monti della Laga.

Note: It is an endangered species, included in the “Lower Risk” category (LR) of the National and Regional Red List of the Italian Plants and according to the Abruzzo Regional law 11.9.1979 n. 45 it is a protected species.

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