Ranunculus sceleratus

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Common name   cursed buttercup
Hebrew name   נורית ארסית
Family Ranunculaceae
Petals 5
Leaf form Simple
Leaf margin Emarginate
Habitat Riparian
צורת הגבעול Round
Life form Annual
Distribution in Israel Golan, Upper Jordan valley, Northern valleys, Sharon,
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Flowering months
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Endangered

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cursed buttercup
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While buttercups are toxic due to the presence of the substance protoanemonin, this applies in particular for the cursed buttercup: it is the most toxic buttercup and contains 2.5% protoanemonin. When the leaves are wrinkled, damaged or crushed, they bring out unsightly sores and blisters on human skin.





 

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