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Ranunculus acris

Common Names: Common Buttercup,
Ranunculus acris
Ranunculus acris

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Tracheophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Ranunculales
Family: Ranunculaceae
Genus: Ranunculus
Species: Ranunculus acris

Conservation Status

Identifying Features

The common buttercup contains a glossy, bright yellow flower with five overlapping petals. The leaves are attached to hairy stems and are deeply divided with five to seven segments.

Habitat & Range

The common buttercup can be found in fields and trail-sides and are widespread around parts of North America.


Buttercups contain an oil (found in the leaves and stems) that can cause abdominal pains when ingested.

Life Cycle

Buttercups reproduce through seeds. During late winter and early spring, buttercup leaves undergo rapid growth that can withstand cold temperatures. The flower buds develop in late summer during the months of May-August.

Featured image by James Dake.


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