San Diego County, California, US
A late winter-early spring flowering plant of the aconite family.
All literature I can find lists this species as "Shibateranthis pinnatifida" while the only species I can find on here is the closely related, Eranthis pinnatifida.
Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
This Laredo Oregon-grape, which is known by other common names, has three distinct leaves growing in a bunch out of multiple places on each stem. Red berries were present, evenin winter. It was growing on the side of an arroyo and was approximately 3 feet tall. The sandy soil in which it grew was eroded around the plant, especially where it was apparent that water flowed down the now-dry channel. This plant grew in nearly full sun, but was shaded by nearby plants partially.
Ranunculales is an order of flowering plants. Of necessity it contains the family Ranunculaceae, the buttercup family, because the name of the order is based on the name of a genus in that family. Ranunculales belongs to a paraphyletic group known as the basal eudicots. It is the most basal clade in this group; in other words, it is sister to the remaining eudicots. Widely known members include poppies, barberries, and buttercups.