Ranunculus abortivus L.  
Family: Ranunculaceae
little-leaf buttercup, small-flowered buttercup
[Ranunculus abortivus subsp. acrolasius L., Ranunculus abortivus var. abortivus L., Ranunculus abortivus var. acrolasius L., Ranunculus abortivus var. eucyclus L., Ranunculus abortivus var. indivisus L., Ranunculus abortivus var. typicus L.]
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Etymology: Ranunculus: from Latin rana, "little frog," because many species tend to grow in moist places
Plants: erect, biennial/perennial, 8"-20" tall, branched forb
Leaves: basal and stem leaves very different; basal leaves mostly kidney to heart shaped; stem leaves usually deeply 3-5 lobed
Flowers: 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
Fruits: dry seeds in a short, oval cluster
Habitat: dry to moist; woods, disturbed sites, cliffs
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Christopher Noll  
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Christopher Noll  
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