Ranunculus fascicularis Muhl. ex J.M.Bigelow
Family: Ranunculaceae
early buttercup, thick-root buttercup
Ranunculus fascicularis image
Robert R. Kowal  
Etymology: Ranunculus: from Latin rana, "little frog," because many species tend to grow in moist places
Plants: erect, perennial, 5"-10" tall forb
Leaves: mostly basal, longer than wide and deeply lobed with the end segment stalked, all segments deeply lobed; 1-3 smaller, less divided stem leaves
Flowers: yellow, 5-7-parted, 1/2"-1" wide, normally 5 sepals; petals narrow, widest near or below the middle; blooms April-May
Fruits: dry seeds fruit drawing in a roundish cluster
Habitat: dry; woods, prairies
Conservation Status: Native