Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Ranunculales
Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
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Learn more about Creeping Buttercup from the Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 076-13-015:
Ranunculus repens FAMILY Ranunculaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Creeping Buttercup, Meg-many-feet
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Flora of North America
Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Habitat: Low meadows, disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora
Uncommon in NC (rare in GA & SC)
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Simple: ternately divided, the terminal segment long-stalked
Basal & alternate
Leaves have long petioles.
3-5 reflexed sepals
5 petals (usually)
Flowers numerous, bracteate
Aggregate of achenes
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
- Invasive Plants, Guide to Identification, Impacts and Control (Kaufman & Kaufman, 2007) p317
- Newcomb's Wildflower Guide (Newcomb, 1977) p242
- Wildflowers of Tennessee (Carman, 2005) p041
- Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains (Smith, 1998) p048
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