is a family of flowering plants also known as
the "buttercup family" or "crowfoot family". The
family name is derived from the genus
Ranunculus. Members include Anemone (anemones),
Ranunculus (buttercups), Aconitum (aconite) and
Clematis. Ranuncula is Latin for "little
frog," the diminutive of rana.
According to the database of the Royal Botanic
Gardens, Kew, the family consists of 51 to 88
genera, totaling about 2500 species.
Numerically the most important genera are Ranunculus (600 species),
(365 species), Thalictrum (330 species),
Clematis (325 species) and Aconitum
Ranunculaceae can be found worldwide, but are
most common in the temperate and cold areas of
the Northern hemisphere. The family contains
many ornamental flowering plants common to the
Himalaya, some of which are of medicinal value.