As a small child, walks in town were always punctuated with sing-songy “Step on a crack and break your mother’s back.” We kids from the country wanted to avoid any and all bad luck associated with city life.
Here is a sidewalk crack in Lakeside that holds another possibility, and some might say Bur Buttercup, Ceratocephalus testiculatus is also bad luck. While still a rarity in Ohio, found only in Ottawa County, this buttercup is on the move. First discovered on the Ohio islands in the late 1980’s, its flowers are no bigger than a pencil eraser. Bur buttercup is listed as poisonous and considered a noxious weed in parts of the west, and this little bur-head must be making the rounds, as this photo was from the city of Lakeside.
Also listed as Curveseed Butterwort in the USDA Plant Database; this is a member of the family Ranunculaceae. Rana is Latin for “little frog,” an apt name for a plant species known for growing in moist or wet places. You have to love a plant named for frogs!