Small-flowered Crowfoot (Ranunculus abortivus)Small-flowered Crowfoot (Ranunculus abortivus) also known as Kidneyleaf Buttercup
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Crowfoot, Small-flowered (Ranunculus abortivus) - 01
(Crowfoot, Small-flowered (Ranunculus abortivus) - 01)  The small-flowered crowfoot is one of the early wildflowers to appear in the spring.  It is a member of the Buttercup family, Ranunculaceae.  The small-flowered crowfoot is a native species that grows from 6 to 24 inches in height.
Crowfoot, Small-flowered (Ranunculus abortivus) - 01a
(Crowfoot, Small-flowered (Ranunculus abortivus) - 01a)  One of the interesting features of the small-flowered crowfoot is its different types of leaves.  The basal and lower leaves are spade shaped with some occasional lobes.  A little farther up the hairless stalk the leaves split into well-defined lobes.  The branching flower stalks grow from the leaf axils.
Crowfoot, Small-flowered (Ranunculus abortivus) - 01b
(Crowfoot, Small-flowered (Ranunculus abortivus) - 01b)  The leaves around the flowers of the small-flowered crowfoot are either lanceolate or broader with lobes on the end.  At the top of the plant is a fully opened flower which measures less than 1/4 inch across.  The berry cone in the center is the beginning of the fruit, which is surrounded by the stamens at its base.  The stem is hairless and vertically ribbed.
Crowfoot, Small-Flowered (Ranunculus abortivus) - 02
(Crowfoot, Small-Flowered (Ranunculus abortivus) - 02)  In this photo, we have a view of the upper part of the small-flowered crowfoot.
Crowfoot, Small-flowered (Ranunculus abortivus) - 03
(Crowfoot, Small-flowered (Ranunculus abortivus) - 03)  This is a top view of the small-flowered crowfoot flower.  Each flower has 5 petals, numerous stamens in a ring around the central fruit, and pistils.
Crowfoot, Small-flowered (Ranunculus abortivus) - 03a
(Crowfoot, Small-flowered (Ranunculus abortivus) - 03a)  In this bee's eye view of the 1/8-1/4 inch small-flowered crowfoot flower, we can more easily see the ring of stamens and the central fruit and pistils.  From what we can determine from the literature and our own observation, each berry is, or has, its own pistil.
Crowfoot, Small-flowered (Ranunculus abortivus) - 04
(Crowfoot, Small-flowered (Ranunculus abortivus) - 04)  In this photo of the small-flowered crowfoot, we can see the flower buds just beginning to open.
Crowfoot, Small-flowered (Ranunculus abortivus) - 04a
(Crowfoot, Small-flowered (Ranunculus abortivus) - 04a)  In this closer look at the opening flower buds of the small-flowered crowfoot, we can see the the petals beginning to emerge.
Crowfoot, Small-flowered (Ranunculus abortivus) - 05
(Crowfoot, Small-flowered (Ranunculus abortivus) - 05)  This is another photo of the small-flowered crowfoot showing the various leaf shapes and budding flowers.
Crowfoot, Small-flowered (Ranunculus abortivus) - 06
(Crowfoot, Small-flowered (Ranunculus abortivus) - 06)  This is another bee's eye view of a small-flowered crowfoot flower.
Crowfoot, Small-flowered (Ranunculus abortivus) - 07
(Crowfoot, Small-flowered (Ranunculus abortivus) - 07)  This is another close up look at the less than 1/4 inch diameter small-flowered crowfoot flower.
Crowfoot, Small-flowered (Ranunculus abortivus) - 08
(Crowfoot, Small-flowered (Ranunculus abortivus) - 08)  This is a widely branched example of the small-flowered crowfoot.
Crowfoot, Small-flowered (Ranunculus abortivus) - 09
(Crowfoot, Small-flowered (Ranunculus abortivus) - 09)  This is a top view of a small patch of small-flowered crowfoot.
Crowfoot, Small-flowered (Ranunculus abortivus) - 10
(Crowfoot, Small-flowered (Ranunculus abortivus) - 10)  This is another side view of the upper portion of the small-flowered crowfoot.

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