Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1209

Forb
Winter annual

Non-native: Europe

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Uncommon (rare in NC-SC Mountains)

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

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LEAVES:
Basal leaves mostly deeply parted or compound; stem leaves less so, or simple
Basal (mostly) & alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Yellow
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
3-5 reflexed sepals
5 petals
Numerous stamens
Superior ovary
Flowers solitary in leaf axils

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Brownish
Aggregate of achenes

 

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

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

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Ranunculus sardous   FAMILY Ranunculaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 076-13-004:
Ranunculus sardous   FAMILY Ranunculaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Sardinian Buttercup, Hairy Buttercup


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image of Ranunculus sardous, Sardinian Buttercup, Hairy Buttercup

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_britt_0717_r_sardous

        

Stems erect, not rooting at the nodes, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Ranunculus sardous, Sardinian Buttercup, Hairy Buttercup

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_r_sardous_0008

April    Iredell County    NC

An erect hairy-stemmed annual to 2' tall. Flowers have reflexed sepals, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Ranunculus sardous, Sardinian Buttercup, Hairy Buttercup

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_r_sardous_0008b

April    Iredell County    NC

image of Ranunculus sardous, Sardinian Buttercup, Hairy Buttercup

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_r_sardous_0014

April    Iredell County    NC

Leaves mostly basal and 3-parted, each leaflet deeply cleft, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Ranunculus sardous, Sardinian Buttercup, Hairy Buttercup

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_r_sardous_0016

April    Iredell County    NC

Flowers are about 0.75" across with 5 glossy yellow petals, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.