Low, creeping plant, with spreading stems that take root at
nodes. Leaves dark green, usually mottled, with three, toothed and
lobed leaflets 1-1/2 inches long. Flower yellow, with five very shiny
petals. Fruit a cluster of green, beaked capsules. Blooms in the spring.
Alien weed, occasional in the Park in sunny, wet places,
especially near the entrance and along Connelly's Run.
Buttercups are a confusing bunch to tell apart, but the
combination of creeping habit and wet habitat is distinctive. Swamp
buttercup (Ranunculus septentrionalis) also shares these
characteristics, but it has larger leaflets, up to 4 inches long, that are