Small herb, up to about 2 ft tall. Flowers
very small, consisting of a green berry-like center surrounded by 5
tiny, bright yellow petals and 5 sepals that are strongly bent
downward. Leaves all deeply divided into 3 segments, each of
which are again lobed and coarsely toothed. Blooms in spring.
Plant of streamsides and damp woods. In Wildwood, occasional
along the streamlets feeding into Connelly's Run.
Crowfoots are buttercups with very small flowers.
Several other buttercups are known in the Park, but mosthave larger
flowers. Small-flowered crowfoot
(Ranunculus abortivus) occurs in Wildwood, in somewhat drier
areas. It has stem leaves so deeply cut they are divided into
leaflets; however, at least some basal leaves are not divided, but