Taxon  Report   7039    
Ranunculus flammula  L.
Creeping buttercup,  Greater creeping spearwort, Water buttercup
Ranunculus flammula
© 2009 Keir Morse
Photos from
CalPhotos / Calflora
Ranunculus flammula
© 2013 Robert Steers/NPS
Ranunculus flammula
© 2014 John Doyen
Ranunculus flammula, a dicot, is a perennial herb that is native to California, is also found elsewhere in North America and beyond.

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Ranunculus flammula
© 2014 Jean Pawek
Genus: Ranunculus
Subspecies and Varieties:
Communities: Coastal Prairie, Redwood Forest, Yellow Pine Forest, Red Fir Forest, wetland-riparian


Arid West: Occurs in wetlands
Mountains, Valleys and Coast: Occurs usually in wetlands, occasionally in non wetlands

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

More information about  Ranunculus flammula
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
Landscaping information from Calscape
Photos on   /   Google Images
Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

ITIS Original Publication citation


Search the International Plants Names Index

Search (Flora of North America)

website references from Google

Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria. [web application]. 2019. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available:   (Accessed: Jan 21, 2019).