OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (4/24/22):
Ranunculus abortivus   FAMILY Ranunculaceae   NEW! Click to go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Ranunculus abortivus   FAMILY Ranunculaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Ranunculus abortivus

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 076-13-011:
Ranunculus abortivus   FAMILY Ranunculaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Ranunculus abortivus

 

COMMON NAME:
Kidneyleaf Buttercup, Early Wood Buttercup, Small-flowered Buttercup, Kidneyleaf Crowfoot


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image of Ranunculus abortivus, Kidneyleaf Buttercup, Early Wood Buttercup, Small-flowered Buttercup, Kidneyleaf Crowfoot

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_raab_001_lvd

        

image of Ranunculus abortivus, Kidneyleaf Buttercup, Early Wood Buttercup, Small-flowered Buttercup, Kidneyleaf Crowfoot

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_raab_008_lvd

        

image of Ranunculus abortivus, Kidneyleaf Buttercup, Early Wood Buttercup, Small-flowered Buttercup, Kidneyleaf Crowfoot

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_raab_009_lvd

        

image of Ranunculus abortivus, Kidneyleaf Buttercup, Early Wood Buttercup, Small-flowered Buttercup, Kidneyleaf Crowfoot

JK Marlow    jkm110329_207

March    Greenville County    SC

Petals less than 1/8" long, shorter than sepals, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Ranunculus abortivus, Kidneyleaf Buttercup, Early Wood Buttercup, Small-flowered Buttercup, Kidneyleaf Crowfoot

JK Marlow    jkm0304a_23

April    Greenville County    SC

image of Ranunculus abortivus, Kidneyleaf Buttercup, Early Wood Buttercup, Small-flowered Buttercup, Kidneyleaf Crowfoot

JK Marlow    jkm0404j_37

April    Greenville County    SC

image of Ranunculus abortivus, Kidneyleaf Buttercup, Early Wood Buttercup, Small-flowered Buttercup, Kidneyleaf Crowfoot

JK Marlow    jkm120406_639

April    Greenville County    SC

Cauline lvs mostly lobed or divided; basal not so, w reniform to cordate bases, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Ranunculus abortivus, Kidneyleaf Buttercup, Early Wood Buttercup, Small-flowered Buttercup, Kidneyleaf Crowfoot

JK Marlow    jkm150406_051

April    Greenville County    SC

Erect annual 8-20" tall with stem & branches mostly smooth, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

image of Ranunculus abortivus, Kidneyleaf Buttercup, Early Wood Buttercup, Small-flowered Buttercup, Kidneyleaf Crowfoot

JK Marlow    s040407_de

April    Greenville County    SC

Basal leaves normally kidney-shaped & long-stalked, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

image of Ranunculus abortivus, Kidneyleaf Buttercup, Early Wood Buttercup, Small-flowered Buttercup, Kidneyleaf Crowfoot

JK Marlow    s040415_a

April    Greenville County    SC

Uppermost leaves mostly sessile & divided into 3-5 narrow lobes, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

image of Ranunculus abortivus, Kidneyleaf Buttercup, Early Wood Buttercup, Small-flowered Buttercup, Kidneyleaf Crowfoot

JK Marlow    jkm211112_4931

November    Greenville County    SC

Cordate basal leaves that are broader than long, with distinctive broad teeth that are flattish, per Weakley's Flora (2022).

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (4/24/22):
Ranunculus abortivus   FAMILY Ranunculaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Ranunculus abortivus   FAMILY Ranunculaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Ranunculus abortivus

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 076-13-011:
Ranunculus abortivus   FAMILY Ranunculaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Ranunculus abortivus

 

Find by SCIENTIFIC NAME:

1204

Forb
Winter annual

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Common (uncommon in Coastal Plain)

Habitat: Bottomland and other moist forests, low fields, disturbed areas, lawns, roadsides, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Basal leaves simple; stem leaves deeply divided
Basal & alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Yellow
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
3-5 sepals
5 petals (usually), shorter than the sepals
Numerous stamens
Superior ovary

Flowers solitary in leaf axils

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Aggregate of achenes

 

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