Ranunculus recurvatus is a perennial herb 20-70 cm tall, from a short, thick, corm-like rhizome, stems 1-3, sparsely hairy, flexible, few branches.
Leaves alternate, stalked, blade broadly kidney-shaped in outline, 3-5 lobed divided to below middle, basal leaves all with stalks, uppermost leaves sometimes simple, stalkless (sessile).
Flowers pale yellow, small, petals 5, 0.2-0.6 cm long, sepals long-hairy, strongly bent back (recurved), 0.3 to 0.7 cm long, blooming April-June.
Fruit a rounded cluster of dry achenes 0.5-0.8 cm wide, each very flat, circular, about 0.2 cm, with a sharply curved beak; fruiting May-June (Hough 1983).
Wetland status: FAC.
Frequency in NYC Infrequent.
Habitat: Moist to dry woods stream margins.