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Ranunculus acris (Common buttercup)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Ranunculus acris

Ranunculus acris L.

Common Buttercup, Tall buttercup

Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)


USDA Symbol: RAAC3

USDA Native Status: L48 (NI), AK (I), CAN (I), GL (N?), SPM (I)

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 Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb

Bloom Information

Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep


USA: 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 resources

USDA: Find Ranunculus acris in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Ranunculus acris in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Ranunculus acris


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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