Bulbous Buttercup - Ranunculus Bulbous (Buttercup family - Ranunculus)

 

Bulbous Buttercup - Ranunculus Bulbous (Buttercup family - Ranunculus) The Common Buttercup is the most familiar. The Bulbous Buttercup differs from it by being smaller — 6 to 18 in. as opposed to 2 to 3 ft. The flowers are deep yellow. Note the bulbous root and reflexed sepals. Basal leaves are in 3 segments, with the end one being stalked. Fields, roadsides. As the generic name suggests (from Latin ranunculus, "little frog") suggests, many species of buttercup are found in moist situations.


 

Buttercups can easily take over a meadow because they contain an acrid juice that makes them distasteful to grazing animals. This juice was often used by beggars to produce ulcerations of the skin and thus attract sympathy. Native Americans boiled and ate the roots, and some tribes crushed the leaves and inhaled the vapor as a cure for headache.

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