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  Ranunculus repens L. image
Photographer: Merel R. Black           

Botanical Illustration

Botanical Illustration

Emmet J. Judziewicz

Emmet J. Judziewicz

Emmet J. Judziewicz

Elizabeth Parnis

Kurt Stüber

Merel R. Black

Christopher Noll
Family Ranunculaceae
Ranunculus repens L.
creeping buttercup
Ranunculus: from Latin rana, "little frog," because many species tend to grow in moist places
repens: having creeping and rooting stems
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Status: Introduced - locally established
Plant: creeping, perennial, 5"-10" tall forb forming large patches
Flower: yellow, 5-parted, 1/2"-1 1/8" wide, normally 5 sepals, petals 2/3 as wide as long with rounded tips; solitary, stalked flowers; blooms April-July
Fruit:dry seed with a narrow margin and usually with a curved, triangular beak fruit drawing
Leaf:basal and stem leaves much the same shape, stalked, deeply 3-parted into roundish to oblong lobes with sharp teeth, the end lobe stalked
Habitat: lawns, wet meadows

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Flora of North America (off site)
Ranunculus repens L. var. erectus DC.
Ranunculus repens L. var. glabratus DC.
Ranunculus repens L. var. linearilobus DC.
Ranunculus repens L. var. pleniflorus Fernald
Ranunculus repens L. var. repens
Ranunculus repens L. var. typicus G.Beck
Ranunculus repens L. var. villosus Lamotte

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