Etymology: Ranunculus: from Latin rana, "little frog," because many species tend to grow in moist places
Plants: erect, annual/perennial, 8"-20" tall, hairy forb
Leaves: basal and stem leaves much the same shape; deeply 3 lobed, the lobes cut or toothed, the end lobe stalked; basal leaves dying early, the few stem leaves stalked
Flowers: yellow, 5-parted, 1/4"-1/3" wide, normally 5 sepals, petals oblong with a wider tip and shorter than the sepals; a few solitary, short-stalked flowers; blooms July-Aug.
Fruits: dry seeds in a cylindrical cluster mostly 1/3"- 1/2" long
Habitat: marshes, ditches, wet meadows
Conservation Status: Native