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Ranunculus carolinianus

This plant has poison characteristics. See below.
Common Name(s):
Carolina buttercup
Categories:
Poisonous Plants, Wildflowers
Description:
Perennial or annual herbs; leaves alternate, palmately lobed or divided; flower yellow, thimblelike, often shiny; fruit a head of small, dry achenes.
Season:
Spring into early summer
Height:
2.5 ft.
Foliage:
Alternate, deeply three-parted leaves; smooth or appressed hairy terminal segment borne on smooth or appressed hairy stalks
Flower:
Yellow petals with short reflexed sepals
Site:
Low woods, damp thickets, shores
Poison Part:
All parts.
Poison Delivery Mode:
Ingestion, dermatitis.
Symptoms:
Ingestion causes burning of the mouth, abdominal pain, vomiting, and bloody diarrhea. Skin redness, burning sensation, and blisters following contact with cell sap.
Toxic Principle:
Protoanemonin, released from the glycoside ranunculin.
Severity:
TOXIC ONLY IF LARGE QUANTITIES EATEN. SKIN IRRITATION MINOR, OR LASTING ONLY FOR A FEW MINUTES.
Found in:
Forest and natural areas, weedy in disturbed areas, landscape as herbaceous perennials.

NCCES plant id: 2708

Ranunculus carolinianus Ranunculus carolinianus