Photographer: Merel R. Black
Ranunculus abortivus L.
little-leaf buttercup, small-flowered buttercup
Ranunculus: from Latin rana, "little frog," because many species tend to grow in moist places
abortivus: from "to abort"
|Plant: ||erect, biennial/perennial, 8"-20" tall, branched forb|
|Flower: ||yellow, 5-parted, 1/4" wide, normally 5 small sepals which are longer and wider than the narrow petals; solitary from the upper leaf axils; blooms April-June|
|Fruit:||dry seeds in a short, oval cluster|
|Leaf:||basal and stem leaves very different; basal leaves mostly kidney to heart shaped; stem leaves usually deeply 3-5 lobed|
|Habitat: ||dry to moist; woods, disturbed sites, cliffs|