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

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

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

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_r_sardous_0008b

April    Iredell County    NC

image of Ranunculus sardous

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

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.