Recovery Strategies

Recovery Strategy for the California Buttercup (Ranunculus californicus) in Canada

The Canadian population of the California Buttercup (Ranunculus californicus Benth.) was assessed as Endangered in 2008 by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC), and in February 2011 the population was listed as Endangered under Canada’s Species at Risk Act (SARA) Schedule 1.

The California Buttercup is a low growing perennial herb with lemon-yellow, flowers (with up to 16 petals), and hairy stems ranging from 15–50 cm tall. It ranges from British Columbia south along the coast to Baja California, but the Canadian population is widely disjunct from the nearest Oregon population. The Canadian population of California Buttercup comprises <1% its global range. In Canada, California Buttercup is known from four confirmed populations, three recently confirmed to be extant, all occurring along the southeast coast of Vancouver Island.

Due to minor inconsistencies in the French and English versions of this recovery strategy, a slightly modified document in each language has replaced the one originally posted. Due to this error, the 60-day comment period will end June 11, 2013.

Consultation period: 2013-04-05 to 2013-06-11

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