Small-flowered Buttercup

Ranunculus abortivus

native


Other Names:
Littleleaf Butterfcup, Small-flowered Crowfoot, Kidneyleaf Buttercup, Kidney-leafed Crowfoot, Smooth-leaved Crowfoot


The Small-flowered Buttercup is a native perennial plant found throughout Virginia. The flowers produce nectar and pollen, which attract ladybugs, hoverflies, small bees, ants, and other insects. The seeds are eaten by chipmunks and voles. Buttercups are in the genus Ranunculus, which has about 500 species. The genus comes from two Latin words meaning "little frog", because many buttercups grow in moist places, like little frogs. The scientific species name of the Small-flowered Buttercup is abortivus, which means "showing arrested development" — probably because the petals are quite small.

Identification Tools

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Ranges

North America Virginia

A Small-flowered Buttercup plant
A Small-flowered Buttercup plant in bloom

A Small-flowered Buttercup plant
A Small-flowered Buttercup plant in bloom

A Small-flowered Buttercup flower
Close-up of a Small-flowered Buttercup flower in bloom -- this is the full flower

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