Etymology: Ranunculus: from Latin rana, "little frog," because many species tend to grow in moist places
Plants: floating, perennial aquatic; stems long, branched, submersed
Leaves: thread-like with or without stems, alternate, all submersed
Flowers: white, 5-parted, 1/3"-2/3" wide, rounded petals; solitary, stalked, from the leaf axils, held above the water; blooms June-Aug.
Fruits: dry seed
Habitat: shallows, water less than 7' deep
Conservation Status: Native