Tall Buttercup – Ranunculus acris

All members of the Ranunculaceae (Buttercup family) are poisonous. A toxic glycoside (ranunculin) most often found in the flowers, leaves, stems, and sap, causes Bloody diarrhea, excessive salivation, colic, and severe blistering of the mucous membranes and gastrointestinal tract. The toxicity most often affecting cattle, horses, and other livestock. Rarely does it affect humans, as they are less likely to graze it.

I doubt anyone in America hasn’t seen or done the butter test. You remember it, I know you do! Take a buttercup, hold it under the chin, get close to the skin…is the color yellow reflected there on the skin? If so you like butter! Oh I can remember doing this as a child, and teaching my children to do it…how simple fun used to be!

In an old legend Coyote was tossing his eyes up in the air and catching them again. Until, one time Eagle snatched the eyes from their mid air flight. Coyote now blind, made new eyes out of buttercups.

The plant has been crushed and applied as a poultice to the chest to relieve colds and chest pains. The fresh leaves have been used as a rubefacient in the treatment of rheumatism etc. The flowers and the leaves have been crushed and sniffed as a treatment for headaches. An infusion of the roots has been used in the treatment of diarrhea. The poulticed root is also rubefacient and was applied to boils and abscess. The plant sap has been used to remove warts. The sap has also been used as a sedative. The flowers are used in Tibetan medicine, where they are considered to have an acrid taste and a heating potency

Buttercups are all poisonous

Tall Buttercups


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