Ranunculus abortivus is a species of flowering plant in the buttercup family, Ranunculaceae. Its common names include littleleaf buttercup, small-flower crowfoot, small-flowered buttercup, and kidneyleaf buttercup. It is native to North America, with a distribution that covers much of the northern, eastern and central part of the continent.
This species produces erect, hairless stems 10 to 60 centimeters tall. Each stem can bear up to 50 flowers. The flower has five petals up to 3.5 millimeters long.
The plant had a variety of uses among Native American groups. The Cherokee cooked and ate the leaves. They used it medicinally for abscesses and sore throat and as a sedative. The Iroquois used it for snakebite and poisoning, smallpox, and toothache.
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