Plant A Day – Cursed Buttercup

Cursed Buttercup Ranunculus sceleratus

Cursed Buttercup
Ranunculus sceleratus

Cursed Buttercup is so named because it is a highly poisonous plant.  Even its species name, sceleratus, is Latin for polluted, profaned, defiled, and a lot of other nasty synonyms.

This native small-flowered buttercup is similar to the Littleleaf Buttercup (Ranunculus abortivus) but the basal leaves are a completely different shape and the habitat is much wetter soils.

Cursed Buttercup sometimes grows right out of the water

Cursed Buttercup sometimes grows right out of the water

The basal leaves can float on the water

The basal leaves can float on the waterrasc3_leaf_002

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