Ranunculus montanus, Mountain Buttercup, Mountain Crowfoot

Ranunculus montanus, Mountain Buttercup, Mountain Crowfoot one May morning on Hajla Mountain in Montenegro outside of Rožaje near the Kosovo border. The Ranunculus montanus complex of Central and Southern Europe is seperated into over 20 closely-related species by taxonomic splitters. John Parkinson in his Theatrum Botanicum (1640) observes the whole plant is bitter, with an exceeding austere or astringent binding taste, whereby it might be acceptable to moist or cold disease of the stomach . . . He could have been writing about another plant. Today, however, it is better known as a plant to avoid for causing an upset stomach as it is considered caustic, like most buttercup species.



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