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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

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: 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: PE
Native Distribution: Manitoba east to New Brunswick, south to Florida, west to Texas, and north to North Dakota.
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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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: 2008-06-25
Research By: TWC Staff

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