What plant is that?

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Kidney-leaved Buttercup-- basal leaves

Kidney-leaved Buttercup--plantKidney-leaved Buttercup--flower head
Top photo: ©David G. Smith, http://www.delawarewildflowers.org
Lower photos: © Francis R. Underwood 2019

This month’s mystery plant is a member of a genus of plants, about 15 species of which can be found growing in RI. This species may be found in both seasonally moist areas but also in dryer habitats.  Flowers occur at the end of the stems. They have 5 yellow petals and 5 green sepals, The basal leaves on this plant are round to kidney shaped. The lower cauline leaves are often three lobed and alternate. The leaves near the top of the plant are long and narrow with smooth edges. This plant grows six to 18 inches high and grows in moist to dry, often shaded areas. It blooms from late April to July.

It’s. . .

Botanical Name:
Ranunculus abortivus
Common Name:
  Kidney-leaved Buttercup
  Ranunculaceae ( Buttercup Family)
  Damp woods and moist open areas