Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Creeping Buttercup - Ranunculus repens   L.
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DistributionMostly the Mountains; also in the northern Piedmont.

Native of Eurasia; in N.A. big swaths of the West and East, with a gap in the middle.
AbundanceFrequent in the Mountains, uncommon in the northern Piedmont.
HabitatMostly moist soils near impoundments, streams, rivers, meadows, pastures, roadside ditches, woods roads, college campuses.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting May-July (-September).
IdentificationCreeping Buttercup is a perennial with stems creeping along the ground, sometimes forming mats. It has largish flowers and spreading or reflexed sepals. From R. bulbosus it differs in its creeping vs. erect habit and a lack of a corm-like (bulbous) base.
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