The Turban Buttercup is a perennial with sparingly
branched stems up to 30 cm high, bearing bright flowers of many colour forms, from white
to cream, yellow to orange, flame to scarlet, salmon pink or deep salmon pink, carmine and
many amalgamations of these, or one colour petals of any number from 5-9.
Stamens numerous, blackish violet, mahogany brown, or light tan. Fruiting
heads, cylindirical. Leaves variable; root leaves either undivided or cut into wedge-shape
segments; stem leaves more narrowly dissected. These beautiful flowers have many different
colours, which makes spotting them exciting. For the complete novice, identifying them can
can be confusing, because at first sight they are not unlike Crown Anemones -the quickest
way to differentiate between them is to be sure that there are green sepals below the
petals; there is no green bract wrapped around the stem under the flower.
Rocky or grassy hillsides, pastures, roadsides, in ditches, foot-hills of the
Kyrenia range on open scree below the north face; sea-level to 2,200 feet alt. Flowers
from February to May.
Very common in the eastern Mediterranean and eastwards to west Iran and north Iraq.
Hallliday, S., & Lushington, L., (1988), Flowers of Northern
Cyprus, Angus Hudson Ltd, London.