Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


3670

Forb
Perennial

Non-native: central & western Mediterranean Europe
Documented growing wild in - NC 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 Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2014
SC List of Regulated Pest Plant Species, 2017
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

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Ficaria verna ssp. ficariiformis   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. ficariiformis

 

COMMON NAME:
Fig Buttercup, Lesser Celandine, Pilewort


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JK Marlow    jkm140123_552

January    Greenville County    SC

Riparian zone along urban waterway

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JK Marlow    jkm140123_555b

January    Greenville County    SC

Riparian zone along urban waterway

Leaves of ssp. ficariiformis up to 7x7cm; those of chrysocephala to 8x9cm, per Ranunculus ficaria L. sensu lato (Sell 1994).

image of Ficaria verna ssp. ficariiformis

JK Marlow    jkm140123_557

January    Greenville County    SC

Riparian zone along urban waterway

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JK Marlow    jkm140123_563

January    Greenville County    SC

Plants were found in the scour zone and on a ledge above this urban creek.

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JK Marlow    jkm140124_584

January    Greenville County    SC

Some of the tubers caught by a colander after washing the specimens.

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JK Marlow    jkm140201_610b

February    York County    SC

Riparian zone along urban waterway

Plants were found in the scour zone of an urban creek in Rock Hill.

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JK Marlow    jkm140201_612

February    York County    SC

Riparian zone along urban waterway

image of Ficaria verna ssp. ficariiformis

JK Marlow    jkm140201_614

February    York County    SC

Riparian zone along urban waterway

image of Ficaria verna ssp. ficariiformis

JK Marlow    jkm140201_615

February    York County    SC

Riparian zone along urban waterway

Anecdotal observation: Petioles stout, grooved, not round in cross-section.

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JK Marlow    jkm140201_617

February    York County    SC

Riparian zone along urban waterway

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JK Marlow    jkm140201_628

February    York County    SC

Riparian zone along urban waterway

Fig Buttercup's roots have fig-shaped tubers (Marsh Marigold's do not) , per Lesser Celandine (Ranunculus ficaria): A Threat to Woodland Habitats in the Northern US and Southern Canada (Axtell et al., 2010).

image of Ficaria verna ssp. ficariiformis

JK Marlow    jkm140210_671

February    York County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm140210_676

February    York County    SC

Each bulblet can grow into a new plant once separated from the parent plant.

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JK Marlow    jkm140211_683

February    Greenville County    SC

Axillary bulbils of ssp. ficariiformis ovoid or globular, per Ranunculus ficaria L. sensu lato (Sell 1994).

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JK Marlow    jkm140331_608

March    Greenville County    SC

Typically found adjacent to a river, stream, pond, or in other moist areas, per Introduced Lesser Celandine & Its Putative Subspecies in the US: A Morphologic Analysis (Post et al., 2009).

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JK Marlow    jkm140401_647

April    York County    SC

Reported to be developing into a seriously invasive species in northeast US, per Weakley's Flora.

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JK Marlow    jkm140401_662b

April    York County    SC

Forms a solid blanket which native plants are unable to penetrate, per Plant Invaders of Mid-Atlantic Natural Areas.

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JK Marlow    jkm140401_668

April    York County    SC

Flowers up to 50mm in diameter; petals contiguous or overlapping, per Ranunculus ficaria L. sensu lato (Sell 1994).

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JK Marlow    jkm140401_709

April    York County    SC

From this point plants have spread downhill and at least 2.5 miles downstream.