Corn buttercup is a cornfield annual which grows to about 50cm high and has deeply cut stem leaves and relatively small lemon yellow flowers. The most characteristic feature of this plant are the large, prickly achenes (seeds) quite unlike those of any other buttercup found on the British mainland (Ranunculus muricatus found on the Isles of Scilly are similar but its leaves are not deeply divided). Ranunculus arvensis is a ANNUAL growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in). It is not frost tender. It is in flower from June to July, and the seeds ripen from July to August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Flies. Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Centurylink tech support. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very.

General Information
Symbol: RAAR3
Group: Dicot
Family: Ranunculaceae
Duration: Annual
Growth Habit: Forb/herb
Native Status: L48 I
Data Source and Documentation
Native, No County DataIntroduced, No County DataBoth, No County Data
Native Status:
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Steve Hurst. Provided by ARS Systematic Botany and Mycology Laboratory. India. Usage Requirements.

Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. Vol. 2: 115. Provided by Kentucky Native Plant Society. Scanned by Omnitek Inc. Usage Requirements.

SymbolScientific Name
RAART2Ranunculus arvensis L. var. tuberculatus (DC.) Koch
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RankScientific Name and Common Name
KingdomPlantae – Plants
SubkingdomTracheobionta – Vascular plants
SuperdivisionSpermatophyta – Seed plants
DivisionMagnoliophyta – Flowering plants
ClassMagnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
FamilyRanunculaceae – Buttercup family
GenusRanunculus L. – buttercup
SpeciesRanunculus arvensis L. – corn buttercup
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U.S. Weed Information
corn buttercup
This plant can be weedy or invasive according to the authoritative sources noted below.This plant may be known by one or more common names in different places, and some are listed above. Click on an acronym to view each weed list, or click here for a composite list of Weeds of the U.S.
SWSSSouthern Weed Science Society. 1998. Weeds of the United States and Canada. CD-ROM. Southern Weed Science Society. Champaign, Illinois.

Corn Buttercup Seeds

Butter sauce for cornInterpreting Wetland Status
North America
Arid WestFACU
Atlantic and Gulf Coastal PlainFAC
Eastern Mountains and PiedmontFAC
Northcentral & NortheastFAC
Western Mountains, Valleys, and CoastUPL
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