Ranunculus bulbosus bulbous buttercup Ranunculaceae RABU*; Bx, pb; NY; Q, cu; K; R, cl, d;

 

Ranunculus bulbosus.Steve Baskauf.www.discoverlife.org

Ranunculus bulbosus.Steve Baskauf.www.discoverlife.org. (Accessed 4/2014).

Ranunculus bulbosus is a perennial herb to 60 cm tall, from a corm-like, bulbous base, roots thickened, stems erect, hairy. 

Leaves alternate, basal leaves long-stalked, 3-parted, terminal leaflet stalked, leaflets deeply lobed, stem leaves progressively simpler and narrower, becoming sessile. 

Flowers yellow, long-stalked, petals widest above middle, to 1.4 cm, anthers numerous, to 0.3 cm long. 

Fruit dry achenes, flattened, essentially smooth, to 0.3 cm with a small curved beak. 

Ranunculus bulbosus.en.wikipedia.org

Ranunculus bulbosus.roots.en.wikipedia.org. (Accessed 4/2014).

Wetland status: UPL. Occasional 

Frequency in NYC. Infrequent. 

Origin: Europe. 

Habitat: Woodland edges, lawns, meadows. 

Notes: Seeds and plants eaten by many birds and mammals (Martin et al. 1951). Contains the toxic oil protoanemonin (Kingsbury 1964).