Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Hairy Buttercup - Ranunculus sardous   Crantz
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DistributionAcross most of the state; some gaps will likely be filled in over time.

Native of Europe; in N.A. mostly the Eastern Seaboard and southern states.
AbundanceUncommon to fairly common.
HabitatMesic to moist soils of meadows, fields, pastures, woodland borders, yards, near streams and rivers.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting April-July.
IdentificationHairy Buttercup has sometimes been misidentified as R. bulbosus, which it closely resembles in life. If fruiting, Hairy Buttercup can readily be told by its papillose (tiny bumps) seeds (vs. smooth or ridged in that species). In flower, the petals of Hairy Buttercup are 7-10 mm long (vs. 9-13 mm long in R. bulbosus).
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