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Disclaimer: Foraging can be fun, rewarding and provide health benefits. As a novice forager, I will be sharing my foraging experiences. However, in order to be safe, always consult with local foraging experts and guidebooks before beginning foraging. Children should learn to forage safely by being guided by experienced adults. Never ingest anything unless you are certain of the identification and safety of the plant. Some plant species are inedible and some are poisonous.

Kidney-Leaved Crowfoot (Kidney-Leaved Buttercup, Little Leaf Buttercup) (Poisonous) (Ranunculus abortivus): Images

Date Location Notes Images
April 28, 2012 Southeastern, New Hampshire (Poisonous) ☠
I see quite a bit of these type of plants around, so it is good to know that they are Buttercup (Ranunculus) and are poisonous upon consumption. This one is very similar to the Allegheny Mountain Buttercup (Allegheny Crowfoot) (Ranunculus allegheniensis). The beaks of the achenes (seeds) on Allegheny Mountain Buttercup are 5 times longer (0.6-1.0 mm) and strongly curved/hooked. The beaks of the achenes of this plant are closer to 0.1-0.2 mm. See bottom several images below. Even though the back of some of the sepals (green petals surrounding the flower) is hairy (see closeup below) as would be Allegheny Mountain Buttercup, without the long, hooked achene beaks, I think this must be Kidney-Leaved Buttercup.