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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Ranunculus acris L.
Common Buttercup, Tall buttercup
USDA Symbol: RAAC3
A tall, erect, hairy, branching plant with glossy yellow flowers.
This European introduction is one of our tallest and most common Buttercups. It thrives best in moist sites. The distinctive, shiny, waxy texture of Buttercup petals is caused by a special layer of cells just beneath the surface cells. As the species name implies, the juice from stems and leaves is acrid, discouraging browsing animals, and favoring the spread of the plant.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Bloom InformationBloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
, WY Native Distribution:
Alaska south to northwestern California and east across Canada and northern United States. Native Habitat:
Old fields, meadows, disturbed areas.
National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff