(Rough Fruit Buttercup - Prickly Fruit Buttercup)
Ranunculus muricatus Linnaeus
Buttercup (Rananculaceae) Family
The flowers have distinct petals about 1/4 inch long. The pistils are separate and many; bisexual in nature, symmetrical in form. The pistils develop into achenes with short spines on the sides.
This plant is often confused with Indian Strawberry, Duchesnea indica. All parts of the plant are poisonous when fresh, the toxins are destroyed by heat or by drying. The plant also has a strongly acrid juice that can cause blistering to the skin.