RANUNCULACEAE - Buttercup or Crowfoot's Family

Annual or perennial herbs, few shrubs and vines

Leaves alternate and palmately divided, petioles sheathing stem at base, no stipules

Flowers bisexual, actinomorphic or zygomorphic, in a variety of inflorescences

Insect pollinated

Placentation marginal

Fruit a follicle, achene or berry

Seed with minute embryo

Economic importance: ornamentals and drugs (alkaloids)

50 genera, 1900 species