Med Plant Data Base


Moldo-german project 10.820.09.09GA
«Evaluation of the pharmaceutic potential
of medicinal plants from natural habitats from Republic of Moldova


Ceratocephala testiculata

KINGDOM: Plantae » Class: Magnoliopsida » Order: Ranunculales » Family: Ranunculaceae

Ceratocephala testiculata


Ceratocephala testiculata



Class: Magnoliopsida

Order: Ranunculales

Family: Ranunculaceae

Genus: Ceratocephala

Species:C. testiculata

Plant description

Ceratocephala testiculata (syn.
Ceratocephala orthoceras, Ranunculus testiculatus) is a flowering plant that
is native to Eurasia. Common names include bur buttercup and curveseed
butterwort. It is very small, usually only about an inch or two tall, but potentially
getting up to four inches. The flowers are small and dull yellow. The leaves
are hairy and somewhat dissected. It produces a cluster of hard, spiny fruits
(the 'burs'). Like other members of the buttercup family, they are poisonous.
Where they are present in large numbers, it is usually an indication of
excessive disturbance to the land.

The species is considered to be invasive in the northern and western United
States. In the sagebrush country, it is one of the first plants to flower
after the snow melts.

Diffusion area

in Eurasia


Is found on dry slopes, in
pastures, in the steppes.

Therapeutic actions

Possesses bactericidal
properties. Preparations of pulverized dried pulp or pure anemone (an
ointment, an oil solution) for use in skin disorders.

External use at boils, ulcers, festering wounds.

Biologically active substances

Plant contains cardenolides,
flavonoids uranium acid, gamma anemonin, resins.

Indigenous medicinal plants in databases

Scumpie – Cotinus

coggygria Scop.

 Siminoc – Helichrysum

arenarium DC

 Soc – Sambucus nigra L.

 Sorbestrea – Sanguisorba

officinalis L.

 Sovarv – Origanum vulgare L.

 Sporici – Verbena officinalis L.

 Stejar – Quercus robur L.

 Sunatoare – Hypericum

perforatum L.

 Sulfina – Melilotus officinalis L.

 Stevie – Rumex confertus Willd.

 Talpa gastii – Leonurus cardiaca

 Tataneasa – Symphytum

officinale Lepech.

 Tei – Tilia cordata L.

 Traista ciobanului – Capsella bur

pastoris L.

 Trei frati patati – Viola tricolor L.

 Troscot – Polygonum aviculare L

 Turita – Agrimonia eupatoria L.

 Tintaura – Centaurium

Centers, institutes, research labs of medicinal plants

The Herbal Center -

Ohlone Herbal Center -

Dandelion Herbal Center -

The National Herb Centre -


Genetic characteristics

2n = 14

Gathering place (figure should be increased)

Ceratocephala testiculata
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