Early Buttercup, Prairie Buttercup, Early Crowfoot, Tufted Buttercup
Synonyms of Ranunculus fascisularis: Ranunculus apricus Greene, Ranunculus illinoensis Greene
Ranunculus fascicularis Muhl. ex Bigelow is the correct and accepted scientific name for this species of Buttercup. It described as such by Jacob Bigelow in Flora Bostoniensis in 1814 usage a previous description by Gotthilf Henry Ernest Muhlenberg.
The genus, Ranunculus L., was 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 4-4-20 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.
There are several links at the bottom of the page for further reading and to help you with a positive ID.
I spotted this plant which was identified as Ranunculus fascicularis in 2015. Hopefully, I can find it in 2020 so I can add more photos and write descriptions. The links at the bottom of the page will help you identify this plant. You can go to iNaturalist, log in or set up an account, then upload your observation for ID or at least give you some suggestions.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. 🙂