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Ranunculus cymbalaria Pursh
alkali buttercup

General Information
Symbol: RACY
Group: Dicot
Family: Ranunculaceae
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit: Forb/herb
Native Status: AK   N
GL   N
L48   N
Data Source and Documentation
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Native Status:
lower 48 status L48    Alaska status AK    Hawaii status HI    Puerto Rico status PR    Virgin Islands status VI    Navassa Island NAV    Canada status CAN    Greenland status GL    Saint Pierre and Michelon status SPM    North America NA   


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William & Wilma Follette. USDA NRCS. 1992. Western wetland flora: Field office guide to plant species. West Region, Sacramento. Provided by USDA NRCS Wetland Science Institute (WSI). Usage Requirements.

Steve Hurst. Provided by ARS Systematic Botany and Mycology Laboratory. United States, NY, Dulce. Usage Requirements.

Patrick J. Alexander. Usage Requirements.

Patrick J. Alexander. Usage Requirements.

Sheri Hagwood. USDI Bureau of Land Management (BLM). United States, ID, Bureau of Land Management Jarbidge Resource Area. June 3, 2004. Usage Requirements.

Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. Vol. 2: 117. Provided by Kentucky Native Plant Society. Scanned by Omnitek Inc. Usage Requirements.

USDA NRCS. Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide to plant species. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Provided by NRCS National Wetland Team. Usage Requirements.



Symbol Scientific Name
CYCY9 Cyrtorhyncha cymbalaria (Pursh) Britton
CYCYA Cyrtorhyncha cymbalaria (Pursh) Britton subsp. alpina (Hook.) Á. Löve & D. Löve
HACY2 Halerpestes cymbalaria (Pursh) Greene
HACYS Halerpestes cymbalaria (Pursh) Greene subsp. saximontana (Fernald) Moldenke
RACYS2 Ranunculus cymbalaria Pursh subsp. saximontanus (Fernald) Thorne
RACYA Ranunculus cymbalaria Pursh var. alpinus Hook.
RACYS Ranunculus cymbalaria Pursh var. saximontanus Fernald
RACYT Ranunculus cymbalaria Pursh var. typicus L.D. Benson


Click on a scientific name below to expand it in the PLANTS Classification Report.
Rank Scientific Name and Common Name
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass Magnoliidae
Order Ranunculales
Family Ranunculaceae – Buttercup family
Genus Ranunculus L. – buttercup
Species Ranunculus cymbalaria Pursh – alkali buttercup

Subordinate Taxa

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Legal Status

Threatened and Endangered Information:
This plant is listed by the U.S. federal government or a state. Common names are from state and federal lists. Click on a place name to get a complete protected plant list for that location.
seaside crowfoot
seaside crowfoot
seaside crowfoot
New Jersey
seaside buttercup
New York
seaside crowfoot
Rhode Island
seaside buttercup
seaside crowfoot

Wetland Status

Interpreting Wetland Status


CYCY9  Cyrtorhyncha cymbalaria (Pursh) Britton

North America
Alaska OBL
Arid West OBL
Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain OBL
Great Plains OBL
Midwest OBL
Northcentral & Northeast OBL
Western Mountains, Valleys, and Coast OBL



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Description of Values

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