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Ranunculus ficaria

Ranunculus ficaria L.

Ficaria verna Huds.

Lesser Celandine

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae (from Stearn’s Botanical Latin)
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassMagnoliidaeIncludes magnolias, nutmeg, bay laurel, cinnamon, avocado, black pepper, and many others
OrderRanunculalesBasal (evolved earlier) eudicots, also called “true dicots”
FamilyRanunculaceaeButtercup family
GenusRanunculusFrom Latin rana, “little frog,” because many species grow in moist places
SpeciesficariaFrom Latin rana, “little frog,” because these tend to grow in moist places

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Ranunculus ficaria description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 18 Apr 2012.

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Ranunculus ficaria (Lesser Celandine)

4/4/2011 · Oregon Ridge State Park, Timonium, MD
≈ 21 × 14" (52 × 34 cm)

Ranunculus ficaria (Lesser Celandine)

4/6/2012 · North Central Railroad Trail, Sparks, MD
≈ 5 × 3½" (13 × 9.2 cm)

Ranunculus ficaria (Lesser Celandine)

4/8/2012 · North Central Railroad Trail, Monkton Rd, Sparks, MD
≈ 14 × 9" (35 × 23 cm)

Ranunculus ficaria (Lesser Celandine)

4/4/2011 · Oregon Ridge State Park, Timonium, MD
≈ 7 × 4½" (17 × 11 cm)

Ranunculus ficaria (Lesser Celandine)

4/8/2012 · North Central Railroad Trail, Monkton Rd, Sparks, MD
≈ 31 × 21" (78 × 52 cm)

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