Hooked Crowfoot,  Ranunculus recurvatus
Ranunculaceae or Buttercup Family


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 kidney-shaped.