Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Tall Buttercup - Ranunculus acris   L.
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DistributionMostly the Mountains and northern Piedmont. Two Coastal Plain records, from Pitt and Tyrrell counties.

Native of Eurasia; in N.A. from mid-Canada south to GA, AL, MO, and CA.
AbundanceFrequent to common in the Mountains, frequent in the northern Piedmont, rare in the Coastal Plain and southern Piedmont.
HabitatMeadows, fields, cleared riverine terraces, pastures, roadsides, campuses, disturbed ground. Mesic to moist, occasionally inundated, ground.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting May-August.
IdentificationTall Buttercup may attain 3 feet tall, but mostly around 2 feet, with ascending to spreading, branched, smooth to hairy stems. Leaves are divided or lobed like a hand, the margins irregularly cut or toothed. The flowers terminate branches, glossy yellow. It may be confused with R. repens, but that species has reflexed sepals (vs. not reflexed in R. acris).
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B.A. SorrieRoadside, June 2021. MaconPhoto_non_natural

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