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Pest Information

Smallflower Buttercup

Smallflower Buttercup

  • Latin Name: Ranunculus Abortivus
  • Common Name: Smallflower Buttercup
  • Other Names: Little buttercup

Pest Details

Smallflower Buttercup
Smallflower Buttercup
Smallflower Buttercup

Origin:

Native to North America, and occurring from Alaska through Canada to most of the United States.

Biology:

A winter annual that reproduces from seeds. Plants can be found in a wide variety of habitats, from moist to dry locations, fields, wooded areas, roadsides or disturbed areas.

Identification:

Plants tend to remain small but upright, with stems and leaves smooth, shiny, and without hairs. The basal leaves are broad and heart-shaped, while upper leaves occur on short petioles and are divided into 3 long, more lance-shaped leaflets. Flowers occur in the axils of the leaves as single yellow flowers with 5 petals and very enlarged female parts in the center.

Characteristicts Important to Control:

Individual plants are successfully removed by hand. Large populations in landscaped areas can be controlled with contact or systemic herbicides.

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