Bulbous Buttercup

Scientific Name: Ranunculus bulbosus
Family Name: Ranunculaceae

Flower: 1 in. (2.5 cm.) wide shiny, yellow flower, with five petals, and five downward pointed green sepals. Stalks only produce one flower each.

Leaf: 1 – 4 in. (2.5 – 10 cm.) long basal leaves. Each leaf is divided into three lobes, with each lobe having sinuses.

Plant: Bulbous Buttercup grows 1 – 2 ft. (30 – 60 cm.) tall. But often the weight of its own leaves will bring the Bulbous Buttercup to ground level.

Identifying Characteristics: The Bulbous Buttercup's leaf deeply lobed leaves, with the central one connected to the plant stalk, distinguish it from other plants.

Location: This Bulbous Buttercup was growing in a clearing in Cold Spring Park in Newton, MA.

History and Comments: Bulbous Buttercup was introduced to the United States from Europe. When eaten fresh, Bulbous Buttercup and other members of the Buttercup family are somewhat poisonous to livestock, causing a souring or discoloration in the milk, but not death.

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