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Ranunculus repens

Creeping buttercup
Ranunculus repens
Photo 1. General image of Ranunculus repens

Description

Ranunculus repens, commonly known as Creeping buttercup, is a provincially yellow listed wildflower in BC. Federally it is not listed. It is part of the buttercup family with a perennial lifecycle. They are commonly found in riparian, meadow, mixed forest, deciduous forest, disturbed, urban or rural habitats.

Ranunculus repens is a wildflower that is to 100 cm long. The leaf shape is elliptic (oval, with a short or no point), ovate (oval, egg-shaped, with a tapering point and the widest portion near the petiole), lobed (being divided by clefts, may be pinnately lobed or palmately lobed) or oblong (having an elongated form with slightly parallel sides, roughly rectangular). Their edges are dentate. Leaves are arranged alternate or rosette. Leaves are the lower long-stalked and 1.5-10 cm wide. The stems form is creeping and erect. It has a hairy surface. The flowers have 5 yellow pedals or sepals. Flowers are flower stalks to 15 cm long and 1.5-3 mm wide. Fruit are approximately 0.8-1.2 mm long and 2-2.8 mm wide. The fruit are egg-shaped and smooth. It has a fibrous or hairy root structure.

Their prefered habitat is riparian, meadow, mixed forest, deciduous forest, disturbed, urban or rural. Sun exposure is typically full sun, sun or shade, shade or shade. They typically grow in loamy soil. Moisture requirements are moist soil, moist soil, moist soil or dry. And the pH requirements are neutral or slightly acidic. It can be found from 0 m to 500 m in elevation. It can be found in British Columbia, Canada. Ranunculus repens is found in the coastal-western-hemlock biogeoclimatic zone(s).

ClassificationProtection StatusLocation
Type:
Domain:
Kingdom:Plant
Phylum/Division:
Class/Clade:
Order/Series:Ranunculales
Family:Ranunculaceaebuttercup
Genus:Ranunculus
Species:Ranunculus repens
Population:
British Columbia Red Listed Blue Listed Yellow Listed Exotic Listed Invasive Listed Noxious Listed
Species at Risk Act Endangered Least Concern Not Listed
World Status Extinct EW CR EN VU NT Least Concern
Municipalities
BC Biogeoclimatic Subzones Site Series
BC Biogeoclimatic Subzones
BC Biogeoclimatic Zones
BC Forest District
Provinces AB BC NB NL NT NS NU ON PE QC SK
Countries
Continents NA SA EU AS AF AU AN
Identification
Line drawing of Ranunculus repens

General

Height
Life Cycle
Habit Tufted Creeping Stolon

Leafs

Length
Width
Surface Flat Keeled Smooth Ridged Hairy Pleated Wharted Groved Rough
Leaf Tip
Entire Leaf Shape
Leaf Base
Leaf Attachment
Edge
Arrangement
Thinkness Thin Thick Fleshy

Inflorescence

Length
Width
# (Pedals or Sepal) 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 many pea irregular
Colour White Pink Purple Blue Green Yellow Orange Red Brown Black

Fruit

Length
Width
Shape Egg Shaped Hairy Silky Smooth Winged
Colour White Pink Purple Blue Green Yellow Orange Red Brown Black

Seeds

Length
Width
Colour White Pink Purple Blue Green Yellow Orange Red Brown Black

Stem

Texture Smooth Ridges Furrows Fissures Plates Peeling Scales Flaking Horizontal Lines Shredding Corky Blocky Hairy Spiny Thorny
Form Creeping Twinning Stiff Soft Woody Erect Ascending
Colour White Pink Purple Blue Green Yellow Orange Red Brown Black

Roots

Type Fibrous Tap Rhizome Fusiform Hairy
Habitat Requirements
Type
Marine Beach Sand Dune Bluff Riparian Stream Bog Fen Marsh Swamp Meadow
Vernal Pools Seasonal Seeps Mountains Mixed Forest Deciduous Forest Conifer Forest Gary Oak Grassland Desert Sagebrush Steppe
Disturbed Urban Rural Old Growth Undisturbed
Sunlight
Full Sun Mix Sun Shade Shade
Moisture
Marine Subtidal Marine Intertidal Brackish Intertidal Freshwater Obligate Freshwater Permanent Freshwater Seasonal Saturated Soil Moist Soil Dry Soil
pH
4 5 6 7 8
Elevation
Sea Level 500 m 1000 m 1500 m 2000 m
Soil
Organic Loam Sand Gravel Rocky

Life History

Age to Bloom12345678910>10
Max Age
BloomJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
FruitJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
SeedJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec

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