Ranunculus californicus Benth.
Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)
Synonym(s): Ranunculus californicus var. austromontanus, Ranunculus californicus var. cuneatus, Ranunculus californicus var. gratus, Ranunculus californicus var. rugulosus, Ranunculus californicus var. typicus, Ranunculus rugulosus
USDA Symbol: RACA2
The California Buttercup is a member of the buttercup family (family Ranunculaceae). Buttercups are usually leafy herbs, sometimes woody vines or shrublike. The family has 35-70 genera and about 2,000 species that occur mostly in cool regions of the Northern Hemisphere. Several are grown as ornamentals, others provide drugs, and some are poisonous. The family is most likely to be confused with the Rose Family (Rosaceae), from which it is distinguished by the absence of a cup-like base.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
DistributionUSA: CA , OR , WA
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National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Ranunculus californicus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Ranunculus californicus in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Ranunculus californicus
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff