Scientific Name: Ranunculus parviflorus

Common Name: smallflower buttercup

Other Common Names: small flowered crowfoot, stick-seed crowfoot

Habit: Though it often grows in clumps or mats, this species can mature to roughly 1ft in height.

Leaves: Leaves typically have 3-5 lobes or clefts and measure up to 1in across. Leaf margins can be scalloped to toothed. Long petioles are present, especially on lower leaves.

Identifying Characteristics: Small flowers and very hairy stems characterize this species.

Flower Seed Head: Solitary, axial flowers grow at the end of 2mm-long pedicels, which connect at the base of the newest leaves. Pale yellow flowers are up to 2mm across.

Seed Fruit: Small, egg-shaped achenes are up to 2mm across and have hooked spines.

Where Found: This species mostly grows in fields, roadsides, pastures, and other disturbed areas.

  • Life cycle: summer annual

  • Milky sap: Not Present

  • Plant type: Herb

  • Thorns: Not Present

  • Plant family: Ranunculaceae

  • Leaf arrangement: alternate;

  • Leaf shape: round; heart;

  • Leaf margin: lobed; wavy; serrated;

  • Stem hairs: has hairs;

  • Ochrea: Not Present;

  • Flower color: yellow;

  • Growth habit: upright and nonwoody; prostrate and nonwoody;

  • Stem: round or oval;

  • Leaf structure: simple;

  • Leaf hairs: has hairs;

  • Root structure: fibrous;

  • Flower symmetry: radial symmetry;

  • Flower diameter: pencil;

  • Leaf stalk: longer than leaf;