California Buttercup (Ranunculus californicus)

(Ranunculus californicus)
 
Buttercup flower
Waxy yellow flowers of the California Buttercup in the Ecology Trail near Inspiration Point

Will Elder, NPS

 

Origin Of Genus Name: Ranunculus is Latin for "little frog" from its preference for wet habitats.

Presidio Locations: Found on serpentine bluffs and grasslands in wet areas.

Range In State: Throughout California.

Description: This native, perennial species has waxy yellow flowers and leaves that are wedge shaped, toothed to deeply cut and hairy. Blooms March to August.

Native Californian Uses: The Miwok dried, stored, parched, and pulverized seeds, using them for food.

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Last updated: February 28, 2015

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