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Ranunculus hispidus var. nitidus (Bristly buttercup)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Ranunculus hispidus var. nitidus

Ranunculus hispidus Michx. var. nitidus (Chapm.) T. Duncan

Bristly Buttercup, Buttercup

Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)

Synonym(s): Ranunculus carolinianus, Ranunculus carolinianus var. villicaulis, Ranunculus nitidus, Ranunculus palmatus, Ranunculus septentrionalis, Ranunculus septentrionalis var. nitidus, Ranunculus septentrionalis var. pterocarpus


USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

Arching or reclining, hollow stems bearing bright, glossy, yellow flowers.

A native, weak-stemmed, highly variable species, this buttercup is typical of swamps and marshes. Some botanists divide it into three or four species or varieties. Between 20 and 30 Ranunculus species are found in a variety of habitats; all are pollinated by flies and bees.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Achene
Size Notes: Stems usually decumbent, up to about 18 inches long.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul


USA: AL , AR , DE , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MD , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , NE , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , SC , SD , TN , TX , VA , WI , WV
Canada: MB , ON
Native Habitat: Moist woods, thickets, and meadows.

Herbarium Specimen(s)

NPSOT 0828 Collected Mar 12, 1994 in Bexar County by Harry Cliffe

1 specimen(s) available in the Digital Herbarium


Bibref 248 - Texas Wildflowers: A Field Guide (1984) Loughmiller, C. & L. Loughmiller

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Web Reference

Webref 57 - Atlas of Florida Plants (2020) Institute for Systematic Botany
Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Ranunculus hispidus var. nitidus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Ranunculus hispidus var. nitidus in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Ranunculus hispidus var. nitidus


Record Modified: 2023-05-04
Research By: TWC Staff

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