Ranunculus fascicularis (Early or Prairie Buttercup)

Ranunculus fascicularis (Early or Prairie Buttercup) on 5-28-15, #264-11.

 Early Buttercup, Prairie Buttercup, Early Crowfoot, Tufted Buttercup

Ranunculus fascicularis

ra-NUN-ku-lus  fas-sik-yoo-LAIR-iss

Synonyms of Ranunculus fascisularis (6) (Updated on 12-14-21 from Plants of the World Online): Ranunculus apricus Greene, Ranunculus fascicularis var. apricus (Greene) Fernald, Ranunculus fascicularis var. deforesti K.C.Davis, Ranunculus fascicularis var. typicus L.D.Benson, Ranunculus illinoensis Greene, Ranunculus trifoliatus Muhl. ex Steud.

Ranunculus fascicularis Muhl. ex Bigelow is the accepted scientific name for this species of Buttercup. It was described as such by Jacob Bigelow in Flora Bostoniensis in 1814 using 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.

As of 12-14-21 when this page was last updated, Plants of the World Online lists a whopping 1,682 species in the Ranunculus genus. The genus is a member of the plant family Ranunculaceae with a total of 50 genera. Those numbers are likely to change as updates are made on POWO.

Distribution map of Ranunculus fascicularis from Plants of the World Online. Facilitated by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet; http://www.plantsoftheworldonline.org/. Retrieved on December 14, 2021.

The above distribution map for Ranunculus fascicularis is from Plants of the World Online. The map on the USDA Plants Database is a little different… 

The map on iNaturalist shows where members have made observations. Anyone can join and it is a great website to confirm and share your observations. The maps on iNaturalist are continually updated as members post new observations.

THERE ARE SEVERAL LINKS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE FOR FURTHER READING AND TO HELP WITH A BETTER POSITIVE ID.

I spotted this plant which was identified as Ranunculus fascicularis in 2015. Missouri Plants lists 12 species of Ranunculus in Missouri and I may have 7 here on the farm. Many species are very hard to tell apart and it gets very confusing… I have been looking for the R. fascicularis every year but I haven’t found it again where I think it was in 2015.

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Ranunculus fascicularis (Early Buttercup) on 5-24-21, #799-23.

Then, on May 24 in 2021 I think I found it again… Looks a little “iffy” though…

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 identified over 200 wildflowers (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.

FOR FURTHER READING:
PLANTS OF THE WORLD ONLINE (GENUS/SPECIES)
INTERNATIONAL PLANT NAMES INDEX (GENUS/SPECIES)

TROPICOS (GENUS/SPECIES)
FLORA OF NORTH AMERICA (GENUS/SPECIES)
WORLD FLORA ONLINE (GENUS/SPECIES)
WIKIPEDIA (GENUS/SPECIES)
MISSOURI PLANTS
iNATURALIST
WILDFLOWER SEARCH
DAVE’S GARDEN
USDA PLANTS DATABASE
ILLINOIS WILDFLOWERS
ARKANSAS NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY
MINNESOTA WILDFLOWERS
KANSAS WILDFLOWERS AND GRASSES
GO BOTANY
LADY BIRD JOHNSON WILDFLOWER CENTER
FLORA FINDER

NOTE: The data (figures, maps, accepted names, etc.) may not match on these websites. It depends on when and how they make updates and when their sources make updates. Some websites have hundreds and even many thousands of species to keep up with. Accepted scientific names change periodically and it can be hard to keep with as well. Some of the links may use a name that is a synonym on other sites. In my opinion, Plants of the World Online by Kew is the most reliable and up-to-date plant database and they make updates on a regular basis. I make updates “at least” once a year and when I write new pages or add new photos but I do get behind. We are all a work in progress. 🙂

 

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