Endangered species on Flo’s lot?

This morning I noticed a fair sized patch of yellow flowers on the site of Florence Rutter’s cottage. Many folks will remember her as being the last inhabitant of Oxbow Road, and of her cottage being burnt to the ground under suspicious circumstances.

On first look, I thought the flowers were a buttercup, but then my Audubon book showed several varieties of buttercup. Looking more carefully at the leaves, my best guess is they are a SWAMP BUTTERCUP, particularly as they are thriving on a low lying, waters edge piece of land.

ranunculus_septentrionalis

http://acris.nynhp.org/guide.php?id=9276

Swamp Buttercups are an endangered species as per the NYDEC, so I let them know of my find. Apparently there are very few sightings in New York State.

I wonder if I got it right?

 

Author: Mike Caswell

I live in Fairport, and my home is at The Oxbow section of The Erie Canal. I fish, have a pontoon boat and like messing in boats. (see www.mud-skipper.com). I'm retired and enjoy every day living here with my wife Carol and our two dogs.

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