Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2515

Forb
Perennial

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

Rare, naturalized locally from horticultural plantings

Look for it in disturbed rich forests and bottomlands, mesic suburban forests, lawns, per Weakley's Flora

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INVASIVE

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

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2015
Kentucky Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2013
Maryland Department of Natural Resources, 1994
Pennsylvania Dept. of Conservation & Natural Resources
Plant Conservation Alliance
SC Department of Agriculture Noxious Weed List, 2017
SC Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2014
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, 2014
Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board
Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources: Prohibited Invasive Plant

 

...Moist

LEAVES:
Simple
Basal rosette & alternate

FLOWER:
Spring
Yellow
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
3-5 sepals
Typically 8 petals (ranging from six to twenty-six)
Numerous stamens
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
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):
Ficaria verna ssp. verna   FAMILY Ranunculaceae

LESS THAN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Ranunculus ficaria var. bulbifera   FAMILY Ranunculaceae

LESS THAN Britton & Brown Illus Flora of Northeast US & adjacent Canada (Gleason, 1952)
Ranunculus ficaria

SYNONYMOUS WITH Ranunculus ficaria sensu lato (Sell 1994)
Ranunculus ficaria ssp. bulbilifer

 

COMMON NAME:
Fig Buttercup, Lesser Celandine, Pilewort