Etymology: Ranunculus: from Latin rana, "little frog," because many species tend to grow in moist places
Plants: erect, perennial, 4"-8" tall forb; elongated rhizomes with one stem per node
Leaves: 1 to 2 basal leaves, long-stalked, kidney shaped, deeply 3-parted; none to 1 smaller, short-stalked stem leaf
Flowers: yellow, 7 or more-parted, 1/3"-1/2", normally 3 sepals, petals linear and longer than the sepals; solitary, stalked flowers; blooms June-July
Fruits: dry seed
Habitat: wet; cold cedar swamps
Conservation Status: Endangered
Flora of North America: Flora of North America Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 10, Wetland Indicator = OBL WIS DNR-Bureau of Endangered Resources: Detailed information on Wisconsin listed species including state and federal status, photos, etc. USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources: Rare Species Guide; description, conservation, photos, maps, etc.