Etymology: Ranunculus: from Latin rana, "little frog," because many species tend to grow in moist places
Plants: erect, perennial, 8"-28" tall forb; stems with a few branches
Leaves: basal and stem leaves much the same shape, all but top-most stalked, widely-rounded to kidney-shaped, deeply 3-5 lobed to below the middle
Flowers: pale yellow, 5-parted, 1/4"-1/2" wide, normally 5 sepals, petals thinly-oblong and about same length as the sepals; a few solitary flowers; blooms May-June
Fruits: dry seed
Habitat: dry to moist; woods
Hazardous: Careful, this plant is hazardous!
Conservation Status: Native