Autumn Buttercup (Ranunculus aestivalis (=acriformis))
Where Listed: WHEREVER FOUND
The Autumn buttercup (Ranunculus acriformis var. aestivalis) is a herbaceous perennial. At maturity, these plants are between 1 to 2 feet tall. The stems and leaves are covered with fine hairs. The plant flowers from July to early October. There are typically six to ten flowers per plant and each flower is approximately 1/2 inch in diameter. The flowers have five yellow petals and produce twenty to forty small, dry, one seeded fruits clustered at the center of the flower.
- States/US Territories in which the Autumn Buttercup is known to or is believed to occur: Utah
- US Counties in which the Autumn Buttercup is known to or is believed to occur: View All
|Status||Date Listed||Lead Region||Where Listed|
|07/21/1989||Mountain-Prairie Region (Region 6)|
» Federal Register Documents
|07/21/1989||54 FR 30550 30554||ETWP; Final Rule to Determine Ranunculus acriformis var. aestrivalis (Autumn Buttercup) to be Endangered; 54 FR 30550 30554|
|06/20/2011||76 FR 35906 35908||5-Year Status Reviews of 12 Species in the Mountain-Prairie Region|
|07/22/1988||53 FR 27724 27728||Proposed Rule to Determine Ranunculus acriformis var. aestivalis (Autumn Buttercup) to be End. Species; 53 FR 27724-27728|
|Date||Title||Plan Action Status||Plan Status|
|09/16/1991||Autumn Buttercup||View Implementation Progress||Final|
|Date||Citation Page||Title||Document Type|
|06/20/2011||76 FR 35906 35908||5-Year Status Reviews of 12 Species in the Mountain-Prairie Region||
|01/24/2013||Autumn Buttercup (Ranunculus acriformis var. aestivalis) 5-Year Review|
» Critical Habitat
No critical habitat rules have been published for the Autumn Buttercup.
» Conservation Plans
No conservation plans have been created for Autumn Buttercup.
» Life History
The only populations of the endemic Autumn buttercup occur in the Sevier River Valley in western Garfield County, Utah. This species is found in perennial wet meadows but on islands of drier peaty hummocks. Autumn buttercup can be found growing with other common wetland species plants including beaked spikerush, asters, Nebraska sedge, black saltwort, Baltic rush, giant shooting stars, and other marsh buttercups.
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