Ranunculus acris L.
Common Buttercup, Tall buttercup
Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)
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.
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Bloom InformationBloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
DistributionUSA: AK , AL , CA , CT , DC , DE , GA , IA , ID , IL , IN , KS , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , MT , NC , ND , NH , NJ , NM , NV , NY , OH , OR , PA , RI , SC , SD , TN , UT , VA , VT , WA , WI , WV , WY
Native Distribution: Alaska south to northwestern California and east across Canada and northern United States.
Native Habitat: Old fields, meadows, disturbed areas.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Ranunculus acris in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Ranunculus acris in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Ranunculus acris
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff