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bulbous buttercup

noun
1.
a European buttercup, Ranunculus bulbosus, having yellow flowers in irregular branching clusters: a common weed in North America.
Also called bulbous crowfoot.
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  • In spring the bulbous buttercup is found everywhere, filling the meadows with its sunshiny flowers.

  • Its stem is erect, hairy, and freely branched; and its leaves are much like those of the bulbous buttercup (p. 110).

    Field and Woodland Plants William S. Furneaux
  • These remain close behind the yellow flower and do not fold back against the stalk as in the bulbous buttercup.

  • The bulbous buttercup is very similar to the last species, but may be known at once by its swollen, bulbous root.

    Field and Woodland Plants William S. Furneaux

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