Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


  Ranunculus flammula L. image
Photographer: Emmet J. Judziewicz           

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Corey Raimond

Corey Raimond

Emmet J. Judziewicz

Paul Skawinski
Family Ranunculaceae
Ranunculus flammula L.
creeping spearwort, spearwort buttercup
Ranunculus: from Latin rana, "little frog," because many species tend to grow in moist places
flammula: meaning "a small flame" and uncertain as to its application but possibly alluding to a burning taste of some species with this name
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Status: Native
Plant: creeping, perennial, 4"-20" long, semi-aquatic forb with some form of the plant submersed; stems the same width as the leaves
Flower: yellow, 5-parted, 1/4"-1/2" wide, the petals about twice as long as the sepals, oblong, and with a wider tip; solitary flower on 1"-6" stalk from some of the stem nodes; blooms July-Sept.
Fruit:dry seed with a short, erect beak fruit drawing
Leaf:in small clusters from the stem nodes, linear, not tapered, blunt tipped; not deeply lobed
Habitat: wet to moist; shallows, shores, water to 7' deep; in sandy, gravelly soil
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