RANUNCULACEAE, Buttercup Family

Usually herbs; leaves usually alternate, often all basal, often compound or deeply divided; flowers hypogynous, bisporangiate or rarely monosporangiate; perianth regular or rarely zygomorphic; sepals present, separate, sometimes petaloid, sometimes early deciduous; petals absent or present and separate; staminodia sometimes present; stamens many or rarely few; carpels many to few, separate, fruit then an aggregate of achenes, follicles, or berries; or carpels rarely united, fruit then a capsule; or carpel I, fruit then a berry or a follicle.