Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1205

Forb
Perennial

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

Common (uncommon in GA Piedmont, rare in GA & SC Coastal Plain)

Look for it in fields, on roadsides, in disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora

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Invasive?

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

Kentucky Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2013
Tennessee Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2009

 

full sun ...Variable

LEAVES:
Simple: Larger leaves pinnately 3-5 parted
Basal & alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Yellow
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
3-5 reflexed sepals
5 petals, longer than the sepals
Numerous stamens
Superior ovary
Flowers numerous, bracteate

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Aggregate of achenes

 

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



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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Ranunculus bulbosus   FAMILY Ranunculaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Ranunculus bulbosus   FAMILY Ranunculaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 076-13-017:
Ranunculus bulbosus   FAMILY Ranunculaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Bulbous Buttercup


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image of Ranunculus bulbosus

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_rabu_001_lvd

        

image of Ranunculus bulbosus

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_rabu_005_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm120405_546

April    Pickens County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm120405_553

April    Pickens County    SC

Flowers 1" wide with 5 glossy yellow obovate petals and reflexed sepals, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Ranunculus bulbosus

JK Marlow    jkm160421_292293

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Larger leaves pinnately 3-5-parted, the terminal segment longstalked, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Ranunculus bulbosus

JK Marlow    jkm160421_301

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Petals 8-16mm long, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Ranunculus bulbosus

JK Marlow    jkm160421_304

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

May be recognized by its erect, hairy stem, bulbously thickened at base, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Ranunculus bulbosus

JK Marlow    jkm160421_306

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Stems cormose-thickened at the base (vs. R. acris not cormose-thickened), per Weakley's Flora.

image of Ranunculus bulbosus

Roxanna Martin    rlm51311_18

May    Spartanburg County    SC

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Roxanna Martin    rlm51311_20

May    Spartanburg County    SC

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Roxanna Martin    rlm5210_277b

May    Spartanburg County    SC