Creeping buttercup This is a Ranunculus repens; other common names for it are creeping Crowfoot and sitfast.
Ranunculus refers to the amphibious habitat preferred by the species. Rana means “frog”, unculus means “little”, and repens means creeping.
R. repens was initially introduced to the American continent as an ornamental plant. Since then it has become an invasive species throughout most of the North American continent.
Buttercups’ shiny appearance aids in attracting pollinators and protecting the reproductive organs at the center of the flower from dangerous temperatures. Nectar is produced by the tiny nectar flaps situated near the center of the flower along the petals. They are pollinated by flies, bees, hawkmoths, hummingbirds, and sometimes wind. #buttercups #nature_photo