Early Buttercup
Ranunculus fascicularis
Ranunculaceae (Buttercup) Family

Early Buttercup is also known as Prairie Buttercup and Thick Root Buttercup.

Plant is an upright hairy perennial. Preferred habitat is roadsides, disturbed areas and meadows. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

Leaves are alternate on the stem, consisting of one whole part, stalked and dissected.

Flowers are in the leaf axil; solitary; bisexual; symmetrical; short stalks; five yellow sepals shaped like petals (no petals); numerous stamens. Flowers occur in the spring and appear to have a waxy coating.

Fruit is one-seeded in which the outer layer is fused to the seed.

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