Ranunculus acris L.
Tall buttercup, Common Buttercup, Meadow Buttercup
Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)
USDA Symbol: RAAC3
A tall, erect, hairy, branching plant with glossy yellow flowers.
This is one of our tallest and most common Buttercups. It thrives best in moist sites. Though native only Greenland and possibly Alaska in North America, it has spread far south into the lower 48 states. 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
Native Distribution: Greenland and possibly Alaska.
Native Habitat: Old fields, meadows, disturbed areas.
National Wetland Indicator Status
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: 2017-09-27
Research By: TWC Staff