California Points of Interest

Mex. Buttercup

The Mexicali or Mex Buttercup (Ranunculus macropetalus) is a rare, endemic plant species found only in the Salton Sea watershed of California. It is a member of the buttercup family and is characterized by its showy yellow flowers that bloom between February and April. The plant grows in ephemeral pools and wetlands, which are typically found in the Imperial Valley, Coachella Valley, and surrounding areas. Due to its limited distribution and habitat loss, the Mexicali Buttercup has been listed as a threatened species by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Visiting the Salton Sea watershed to see the Mexicali Buttercup can be a unique and rewarding experience. The area is known for its scenic beauty, diverse wildlife, and rich cultural heritage. In addition to the rare plant species, visitors can observe numerous migratory bird species such as the American white pelican, great egret, and snowy plover. The Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge and Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge are popular destinations for birdwatching and wildlife observation. The region is also rich in history and offers opportunities to explore the local towns, museums, and galleries that showcase the area's unique cultural and artistic heritage. Get driving directions.

Points of Interest
210 Border Monument
A-7 Pass
A-7 Valley
Aerial Tramway Upper Terminal Mountain Station
Brawley Slide Hill #3
Buttercup Valley
Cahuilla Tewanet Scenic Overlook
Cahuilla Tewanet Vista Point
China Wall Hill #5
Coachella Valley Vista Point
Comp Hill
Competition Hill #1
Dunes Vista LTVA
Filers Hole
Glamis Beach Store
Grays Well
Indian Canyons
Li'l Buttercup
Lizard Hill #4
Mesquite Mine
Mex. Buttercup
Monkey Paw
Oldsmobile Hill #2
Osborne Overlook
Patton Valley
Plank Road
Tahquitz Canyon Visitor Center
Test Hill
The Ceiling Hill #7
The Wall Hill #6
Tube 1
Tube 2
Tumco Historic Site
Wash 10
Wash 12
Wash 14
Wash 16
Wash 18
Wash 2
Wash 20
Wash 4
Wash 6
Wash 8
Watchable Wildlife Site

Nearby Camping
Location Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Buttercup OHV Numerous 162 ft
Grays Well OHV Numerous 163 ft
Dunebuggy Flats OHV Numerous 158 ft
Midway  OHV Numerous 195 ft
Ogilby Rd Dispersed Numerous 359 ft