Carolinas and Georgia

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Ranunculales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Ficaria verna ssp. verna   FAMILY Ranunculaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Ranunculus ficaria var. bulbifera   FAMILY Ranunculaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Ranunculus ficaria sensu lato (Sell, 1994)
Ranunculus ficaria ssp. bulbilifer

INCLUDED WITHIN Britton & Brown Illus Flora of Northeast US & adjacent Canada (Gleason, 1952)
Ranunculus ficaria

 

COMMON NAME:
Fig Buttercup, Lesser Celandine, Pilewort


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Look for it in disturbed rich forests and bottomlands, mesic suburban forests, lawns, per Weakley's Flora

Forb
Perennial

Non-native: Europe
Documented growing wild in - - SC

Rare, naturalized locally from horticultural plantings


INVASIVE

This plant is causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

 

...Moist

LEAVES:
Simple
Basal rosette & alternate

FLOWER:
Spring
Yellow
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
3-5 sepals
Typically 8 petals (ranging from six to twenty-six)
Numerous stamens
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Aggregate of achenes

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Ficaria verna ssp. verna   FAMILY Ranunculaceae

Fig Buttercup, Lesser Celandine, Pilewort