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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.

Bulbous Buttercup (Bulbous Crowfoot, St. Anthony’s Turnip) (Poisonous) (Ranunculus bulbosus)

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Date Location Notes Images
May 24, 2012 Southeastern, New Hampshire There were a number of things that made this a very difficult identification and I’m not 100% sure it is accurate. I was taking pictures right outside of someone’s apartment and I think that were wondering what the *!*$(@ I was doing! Also, the key led me to information on flower parts and I can’t pick out flower parts very well. Fortunately, it had the obvious look of a buttercup:
  • Petals inserted below the ovary.
  • No stipules.
  • Flower has multiple distinct and dissimilar parts.
The key was followed in this way:
  • Plants terrestial (not aquatic).
  • Some of the leaf blades are lobed or compound.
  • Leaves +- monomorphic (relatively similar) and basal leaves are not simple, but are compound.
  • Larger leaves are compound (have unwinged petiolules).
  • Petals 6 - 15 mm long.
  • Sepals reflexed (bent backwards), not spreading. Every flower had its sepals reflexed. According to the text, it is supposed to be reflexed 2-3 mm above the base of the sepal, but I do not see that in this plant or any pictures I can find. But it is not Creeping Buttercup (Ranunculus repens) because the sepals are not spreading.
  • Stems thickened into a bulb at the base. See the last two pictures in the table below. The flower petals are supposed to be 9-13 mm long. The one I measured was 8-1/2 mm long ... close enough.
Date Location Notes Images
May 14, 2014 Southeastern, Connecticut