|Ranunculus micranthus plant
Family: Buttercup Family (Ranunculaceae)
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Did you know?
The species name means tiny-flowered. You have to look hard for these flowers as they are so small and they are visible only during early spring. Fortunately flowers are not the only character that is needed for identification.
|State Ranking Justification||
There are 22 existing records and 10 of those are ranked good to excellent. More populations will probably be found with more exploration of the dry forests of the Lower Hudson region. There are about 5-10 historical records that could use more survey work.
Short-term trends seem stable although more survey work would result in a better understanding of how populations fluctuate with disturbance over time.
This has always been an uncommon plant in New York but the number of known populations has remained about the same during the last 100 years.