Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


3075

Forb
Perennial

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

Common in NC Mtns & SC Coastal Plain (otherwise uncommon in NC, rare in GA & SC)

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

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LEAVES:
Simple: Larger leaves appearing (3-)5-parted
Basal & alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Yellow/Whitish
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
3-5 spreading sepals
5 petals
Numerous stamens
Superior ovary
Flowers numerous, in an open inflorescence

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Aggregate of achenes

 

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

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

GREATER THAN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Ranunculus acris var. acris   FAMILY Ranunculaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 076-13-016:
Ranunculus acris   FAMILY Ranunculaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Tall Buttercup, Bitter Buttercup


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image of Ranunculus acris

C.A.M. Lindman    wik_ranunculus_acris

        

An illustration from Lindman's Bilder ur Nordens Flora, in the public domain.

image of Ranunculus acris

JK Marlow    jkm150425_867

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Larger leaves appearing (3-)5-parted, all of the segments sessile, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Ranunculus acris

JK Marlow    jkm150425_874

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

image of Ranunculus acris

JK Marlow    jkm150425_878

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

image of Ranunculus acris

JK Marlow    jkm150425_880

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

image of Ranunculus acris

JK Marlow    jkm150425_882

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

image of Ranunculus acris

JK Marlow    jkm120523_164

May    Graham County    NC

Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest

image of Ranunculus acris

JK Marlow    jkm120523_166

May    Graham County    NC

Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest

Sepals spreading, 4-6mm long, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Ranunculus acris

JK Marlow    jkm120523_171

May    Graham County    NC

Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest

Cauline leaves generally similar to basal but smaller and often less divided, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Ranunculus acris

JK Marlow    jkm120523_175

May    Graham County    NC

Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest

Leaves to 4" wide, palmately divided into 5 or 7 unstalked narrow segments, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Ranunculus acris

JK Marlow    jkm150505_918

May    Jackson County    NC

Coarse erect perennial to 1.2m tall. Flowers numerous in an open inflorescence, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.