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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.

Tall Buttercup (Common Buttercup) (Poisonous) (Ranunculus acris): Images

Date Location Notes Images
May 27, 2010 Southeastern, New Hampshire (Poisonous) ☠
This is a plant I had not seen since a Spring 2009 foraging class that I took. The Buttercup from that class was only a few inches tall. These Buttercup plants are over two feet tall. Notice how the 5-petaled flowers form a yellow cup. The basal leaves are several inches wide and divided into 3-7 deeped cleft parts. The upper leaves are long, thin and lanceolate.
Date Location Notes Images
May 22, 2012 Southeastern, New Hampshire I went through a key to confirm identity of this Ranunculus:
  • Plant not aquatic.
  • Leaves lobed or compound.
  • Leaves monomorphic, relatively similar in general pattern.
  • Leaved lobed (in this case very deeply lobed), but not compound. Leaf with winged, ill-defined petiolules.
  • Stems erect.
  • Sepals spreading or reflexed from the base of the flower (in this case spreading).
  • Petals 7-11 mm, longer than the sepals. Sepals spreading.
Date Location Notes Images
July 1, 2012 Southeastern, New Hampshire