Ranunculus abortivus (Small-Flowered Buttercup, ETC.)*

Ranunculus abortivus (Small-Flowered Buttercup) on 3-21-20, #678-35.

*THIS PAGE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION. I HAVE A LOT OF WILDFLOWER PAGES TO ADD FROM 2019 OBSERVATIONS. I WILL COME BACK LATER AND ADD DESCRIPTIONS BUT YOU CAN CHECK OUT THE LINKS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

Small-Flowered Buttercup, Littleleaf Buttercup, Kidneyleaf Crowfoot, Kidneyleaf Buttercup, Small-Flowered Crowfoot

Ranunculus abortivus

ra-NUN-ku-lus  a-bor-TEE-vus

Synonyms of Ranunculus abortivusRanunculus abortivus var. acrolasius Fernald, Ranunculus abortivus f. coptidifolius Fernald, Ranunculus abortivus var. eucyclus Fernald, Ranunculus abortivus var. indivisus Fernald, Ranunculus abortivus var. nitidus (Walter) DC., Ranunculus abortivus f. pratensis G.Lawson, Ranunculus abortivus f. sylvaticus G.Lawson, Ranunculus holmii Greene, Ranunculus michiganensis Farw., Ranunculus nitidus Walter, Ranunculus ruderalis Greene

Ranunculus abortivus L. is the correct and accepted scientific name for this species of Buttercup. The genus and species were named and described as such by Carl von Linnaeus in the first volume of the first edition of Species Plantarum in 1753.

Plants of the World Online lists a whopping 1,652 species in the Ranunculus genus (as of 4-2-20 when I am updating this page). The genus is a member of the Ranunculaceae Family with a total of 53 genera. Those numbers are likely to change periodically as updates are made.

Distribution map of Ranunculus abortivus from Plants of the World Online. Facilitated by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet; http://www.plantsoftheworldonline.org/. Retrieved on April3, 2020.

The above distribution map for Ranunculus abortivus is from Plants of the World Online. The map on the USDA Plants Database for North America is similar.

There are several links at the bottom of the page for further reading and to help with plant ID.

Ranunculus abortivus (Small-Flowered Buttercup) on 3-21-20, #678-36.

One of the early spring wildflowers on the farm is Ranunculus abortivus. The species goes by several common names including Small-Flowered Buttercup, Littleleaf Buttercup, Kidneyleaf Buttercup, Kidneyleaf Crowfoot, and Small-Flowered Crowfoot. I am sure there are others.

 

Ranunculus abortivus (Small-Flowered Buttercup) on 3-21-20, #678-37.

 

 

Ranunculus abortivus (Small-Flowered Buttercup) on 3-21-20, #678-38.

 

 

Ranunculus abortivus (Small-Flowered Buttercup) on 3-21-20, #678-39.

 

Ranunculus abortivus (Small-Flowered Buttercup) on 4-4-20, #683-36.

 

 

Ranunculus abortivus (Small-Flowered Buttercup) on 4-4-20, #683-37.

 

 

Ranunculus abortivus (Small-Flowered Buttercup) on 4-23-20, #690-79.

 

 

Ranunculus abortivus (Small-Flowered Buttercup) on 4-23-20, #690-80.

 

 

Ranunculus abortivus (Small-Flowered Buttercup) on 4-23-20, #690-81.

 

 

Ranunculus abortivus (Small-Flowered Buttercup) on 4-23-20, #690-82.

 

 

Ranunculus abortivus (Small-Flowered Buttercup) on 4-23-20, #690-83.

 

 

Ranunculus abortivus (Small-Flowered Buttercup) on 4-23-20, #690-84.

 

 

Ranunculus abortivus (Small-Flowered Buttercup) on 4-23-20, #690-85.

 

 

Ranunculus abortivus (Small-Flowered Buttercup) on 4-23-20, #690-86.

 

 

Ranunculus abortivus (Small-Flowered Buttercup) on 4-23-20, #690-87.

 

 

Ranunculus abortivus (Small-Flowered Buttercup) on 4-23-20, #690-88.

 

I have enjoyed photographing and learning about the many wildflowers growing on the farm and other areas. My farm is in Windsor, Missouri in Pettis County (Henry County is across the street and Benton and Johnson aren’t far away). I have grown over 500 different plants and most have pages listed on the right side of the blog. I am not an expert, botanist, or horticulturalist. I just like growing, photographing and writing about my experience. I rely on several websites for ID and a horticulturalist I contact if I cannot figure them out. Wildflowers can be somewhat variable from location to location, so sometimes it gets a bit confusing. If you see I have made an error, please let me know so I can correct what I have written.

I hope you found this page useful and be sure to check the links below for more information. They were written by experts and provide much more information. Some sites may not be up-to-date but they are always a work in progress. If you can, I would appreciate it if you would click on the “Like” below and leave a comment. It helps us bloggers stay motivated. You can also send an email to me at thebelmontrooster@yahoo.com. I would enjoy hearing from you especially if you notice something is a bit whacky.

NOTE: Plants of the World Online is the most up-to-date database. It is very hard for some to keep with name changes these days so you may find a few discrepancies between the websites. Just be patient. Hopefully, someday they will be in harmony. 🙂

FOR FURTHER READING:
PLANTS OF THE WORLD ONLINE (GENUS/SPECIES)
WORLD FLORA ONLINE (GENUS/SPECIES)
WIKIPEDIA (GENUS/SPECIES)
*MISSOURI PLANTS*
*iNATURALIST*
*WILDFLOWERSEARCH.ORG*
DAVE’S GARDEN
USDA PLANTS DATABASE
*ILLINOIS WILDFLOWERS*
MINNESOTA WILDFLOWERS
KANSAS WILDFLOWERS AND GRASSES
GO BOTANY
FLORA FINDER
FRIENDS OF THE WILDFLOWER GARDEN
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