76. Ranunculus lobatus Jacquemont, Voy. Inde. 4(Bot.): 4. 1835-1844.
浅裂毛茛 qian lie mao gen
Herbs perennial. Roots fibrous, subequally thick. Stems 4--8.5 cm, glabrous or puberulent above, simple or branched. Basal leaves ca. 4; petiole 2--4.8 cm, glabrous; blade broadly ovate or trapeziform-ovate, 0.8--2 × 0.6--1.4 cm, papery or thinly leathery, glabrous except for ciliate margin, base rounded, broadly cuneate or subtruncate, apex 3--5-toothed, obtuse or slightly acute. Lower stem leaves similar to basal leaves, middle and upper ones short petiolate or sessile, 2- or 3-partite or undivided. Flowers solitary, terminal, 1.2--2.2 cm in diam. Receptacle glabrous. Sepals 5, elliptic, 5--7 mm, abaxially pubescent. Petals 5(or 6), broadly obovate, 5--10 × 5--7 mm, nectary pit without a scale, apex rounded. Stamens numerous; anthers oblong. Carpels numerous, glabrous; style slightly shorter than ovary. Fl. Aug.
Alpine meadows, wet places of slopes, by streams; 4300--5100 m. SW Xizang [N India, N Pakistan].
This name is a later homonym of Ranunculus lobatus Moench (Methodus, 214. 1796), an illegitimate renaming of R. muricatus Linnaeus that seems to have been completely overlooked or ignored. No useful purpose would be served by changing an established name on such a technicality, discovered shortly before this work was due to go to press, and Jacquemont’s name will therefore be proposed for conservation.