|Scientific Name||Ranunculus sceleratus||USDA PLANTS Symbol||RASC3|
|Common Name||Cursed Crowfoot, Celery-leaf Buttercup||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||18576|
|Description||Habitat: Marshes, ditchbanks, swampy meadows, seasonal wetlands in open areas, etc.
Plant: Upright annual or short-lived, many-branched perennial 8 to 24 inches tall; stems are light to medium green, smooth, hollow and filled with acrid (and irritating) sap.
Leaves: Basal leaves are kidney-shaped in outline, up to 2-3/8 inches long and wide, 3 to 5 main lobes and blunt teeth and/or smaller secondary lobes along the margins; on petioles up to 1 inch long; alternate stem leaves are kidney-shaped in outline, becoming smaller and with 3 narrower lobes on shorter petioles ascending the stem.
Inflorescence: Small, bright yellow flowers atop stems up to 1/3-inch across, each with 5 yellow petals; dense cluster of green pistils in the center surrounded by a ring of stamens with yellow anthers; 5 greenish-yellow sepals below are about 1/8-inch long and bent downward.
Bloom Period: March to June.
References: "Wildflowers of Texas" by Michael Eason, "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston, SEINet, Illinois Wildflowers and Minnesota Wildflowers.
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Banner photo of Lupinus ssp. by Rick Capozza, Austin TX
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