Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)

Characteristics of the Ranunculaceae (Buttercup) family

  • Herbs, lianas or shrubs
  • Leaves alternate, simple or compound, often lobed or dissected, with or without stipules
  • Inflorescence a cyme or flowers single
  • Flowers with spirally arranged parts
  • Sepals often petal-like, free
  • Petals free, few to many, often with nectaries on inside base and/or spurred
  • Stamens many
  • Gynoecium with few-many carpels, separate (apocarpous), superior
  • Fruit a follicle, achene or berry (often aggregated from several carpels)
Associated Plants