Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


Because of technology changes and personnel changes at UWSP and the Wisconsin State Herbarium, the database of plant species housed at this site was merged with the database from the OLD WisFlora website to create a new Flora of Wisconsin website at Currently we are encouraging all Wisplant viewers to begin using the Flora of Wisconsin website as soon as possible. Wisplants will remain operational through July 13th. After that date, all traffic to Wisplants will be redirected to the Flora of Wisconsin website.

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  Ranunculus cymbalaria Pursh image
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Family Ranunculaceae
Ranunculus cymbalaria Pursh
alkali buttercup, seaside crowfoot
Ranunculus: from Latin rana, "little frog," because many species tend to grow in moist places
cymbalaria: a name for ivy-leaved toad flax, from Greek kymbalon and/or Latin cymbalum for "cymbal," and referring to the rounded leaf shapes of some species
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Status: Threatened
Plant: creeping, perennial, 2"-6" tall, hairless forb
Flower: yellow, 5-parted, 1/3"-1/2" wide, normally 5 sepals, the linear petals slightly longer than the sepals; blooms June-July
Fruit:dry seed in a short, cylindrical cluster 1/4"-1/2" long
Leaf:main leaves heart or kidney shaped, not deeply lobed, rounded at the tip, mostly basal
Habitat: mud; often spreading into ditches where roads salt accumulates

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Flora of North America (off site)
Cyrtorrhyncha cymbalaria (Pursh) Britton subsp. alpina (Hook.) A.Löve & D.Löve
Halerpestes cymbalaria (Pursh) Greene
Ranunculus cymbalaria Pursh f. hebecaulis Fernald
Ranunculus cymbalaria Pursh subsp. saximontanus (Fernald) Thorne
Ranunculus cymbalaria Pursh var. alpinus Hook.
Ranunculus cymbalaria Pursh var. cymbalaria
Ranunculus cymbalaria Pursh var. saximontanus Fernald
Ranunculus cymbalaria Pursh var. typicus L.D.Benson

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