Plant ID forum: Could this be Ranunculus?

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Name: Christine
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Apr 3, 2016 5:37 PM CST
When I first noticed this plant growing in dappled sun near oaks and hickories, I thought it might be some kind of wild parsley.

But then it flowered...

now I'm thinking maybe some kind of Buttercup?


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Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Apr 3, 2016 5:55 PM CST
I believe so. Although it is somewhat different than those around here.
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Horntoad
Apr 3, 2016 6:50 PM CST
Yes it looks like a Ranunculus, there are a lot of species. Here's some maps of of all the species recorded in the US. You can use these to narrow down which one.
http://bonap.net/NAPA/TaxonMaps/Genus/County/Ranunculus
wildflowersoftexas.com
texasnatureonline.com


Name: Daisy
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DaisyI
Apr 3, 2016 6:56 PM CST
I agree
Name: Janet Super Sleuth
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JRsbugs
Apr 4, 2016 4:34 AM CST
I went through the list last night, the closest I found was Ranunculus macounii

http://luirig.altervista.org/flora/taxa/north-america.php?st...

It's early to flower ..

http://wildflowerswest.org/macouns_buttercup_ranunculus_maco...

http://www.easterncoloradowildflowers.com/Ranunculus%20macou...

The stems are densely hairy, I can't see hairs on your plant Christine.

https://www.minnesotawildflowers.info/flower/macouns-butterc...

On the Minnesota site it says Ranunculus hispidus is similar with hairy stems when young, almost smooth when older.

http://www.discoverlife.org/mp/20q?search=Ranunculus+hispidu...
Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Apr 4, 2016 7:54 AM CST
Thank you all. Thumbs up

Janet, thank you for all of the info. I didn't notice hair either. I'll have to go check in out again and see what I can find. I'll be back, hopefully with more photos.
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Apr 4, 2016 1:55 PM CST
I went out and took another look this morning. I'm leaning towards maybe R. hispidus but...

Here's a couple of pictures showing it does have some hairs, even though I couldn't actually see them with the naked eye, they come through in close-up photos. Hilarious!

There are a few 'whiskers' on the stem and more on the flower bud ~

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Overall view of the plant this morning, the flower was still closed

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I'll see if I can get a better look when the sun moves farther away. Smiling

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JRsbugs
Apr 4, 2016 2:10 PM CST
There's subspecies of R. hispida in Minnesota, there may be different subsp. in Texas.

The sepals of hispida may be reflexed, reading the full description it says the base of the petals is greenish which I can't see on yours.

https://www.minnesotawildflowers.info/flower/hispid-buttercu...
Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Apr 8, 2016 10:43 AM CST
Well I'm still not sure on which Ranunculus this is. Here's more pictures for help. Big Grin

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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Apr 8, 2016 10:55 AM CST
Looks like Ranunculus to me but I have no idea which one. This says there are 18 sp. in Texas: http://essmextension.tamu.edu/plants/plant/buttercup/

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wildflowers
Apr 8, 2016 11:59 AM CST
Thank you for that link, Lin. I didn't know that it has a toxin, and it's good to know. Thumbs up

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JRsbugs
Apr 8, 2016 12:15 PM CST
R. hispidus doesn't always have a green base to the petals it seems, and the sepals are reflexed. There's a lot of variation so it could be R. hispidus.

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Ranunculus+hispidus&tbm=is...
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plantladylin
Apr 8, 2016 12:31 PM CST
Hispid Buttercup (Ranunculus hispidus)
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wildflowers
Apr 8, 2016 4:31 PM CST
Thanks a bunch, Janet for checking again. Looks like R. hispidus is right.

Thank you, Lin for verifying. Thumbs up

I will now consider this one solved.
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greene
Apr 8, 2016 4:36 PM CST
The photos will make a great addition to the ATP database!! Thumbs up
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Name: Janet Super Sleuth
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JRsbugs
Apr 8, 2016 5:03 PM CST
I found a good description which seems to verify R. hispidus.

http://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/woodland/plants/hsp_butt...

The terminal leaflet has a short petiolule (short stalk) at its base, while the lateral leaflets are either sessile or they have even shorter petiolules.


True.

The upper leaves are smaller in size than the basal leaves and their leaflets are often lack lobes.


True.

Toward the center of each flower, the petals become semi-translucent and each petal has several fine lines that function as nectar guides.


You can see that in this photo ..

http://garden.org/pics/2016-04-08/wildflowers/af1182.jpg

The sepals are hairy and lanceolate in shape


The are hairs showing on the outer casing of the flower buds, which will become the sepals when open.

http://garden.org/pics/2016-04-04/wildflowers/5e3bee.jpg



Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Apr 8, 2016 9:10 PM CST
Excellent detective work, Janet.
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JRsbugs
Apr 9, 2016 4:00 AM CST
I tip my hat to you. nodding

Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Apr 9, 2016 5:45 AM CST
porkpal said:Excellent detective work, Janet.

I agree I truly don't know what we'd do without Janet's expertise and sleuthing!

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Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Apr 9, 2016 7:30 AM CST
Excellent, Janet! I agree Fantastic super sluething.

I added one image to the database but will add the others today.
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