I am not sure whether it is a suitable question here, but I could not find any other good place to ask it.
In the story "The Five Jars" by Montague Rhodes James, its hero dreams of a strange plant. I cannot understand its description well.
The plant was not one I should have thought much about, though certainly it was not one that I knew. It had no flowers or berries, and grew quite squat in the ground; more like a yellow aconite without the flower than anything else. It seemed to consist of a ring of six leaves spread out pretty flat with nine points on each leaf.
I searched "yellow aconite" on the Internet and found two.
#1 has name of Aconitum and its color is yellow. #2 seems to be called "winter aconite" and not "yellow aconite."
A ring is a circle, so I can imagine the leaves are somehow making a circle.
The sentence says "without the flower," so I suppose it would have only one flower like #2 if it did not lack the flower.
But if it is "a ring," there should be no leaves in the middle. But #2 seems to have leaves spread out from its center. So, I am confused.
Thank you very much for your help!