Ranunculaceae (Buttercup) Family
The plant is a low, upright perennial. Its preferred habitat is rich limestone woods and thickets. Distribution is occasional in the Escambia region, except directly at seashore.
The leaves are compound, with 9 broadly ovate, 3-lobed leaflets. Each leaflet is about 1/2 inch long.
The flowers are white or yellow, about 1/2 inch wide. The sepals (no petals) are petal-like, numerous stamens; several pistils. The flowers arise in the leaf axils on solitary stems, or in clusters.
Fruit is 2 to 4 dry, curved pods with tapering beaks, splitting open along one side at maturity.
This small, herbaceous perennial grows from thick, tuberous, fibrous roots. It is found mostly in the southern and the less populated western part of our range, extending northwest, where it becomes extremely rare.