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Marsh Marigold flowers are more of an oversized buttercup in form with (I think) only 5 petals. (One of the few plants I know as I used to have it in the garden pond!)
Lesser Celandine perhaps?
I think the flower and leaves look more like Lesser Celandine, a nice plant to see at the start of spring
Thanks for this, glad to keep learning when it comes to plants.
It might be subspecies ficaria, however I don't think it's possible to tell until after the flowering is over and the bublis have had time to develop in the leaf axils - or not. Or is there another way to tell?
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It probably is Ranunculus ficaria subsp. ficaria as subsp. bulbifer often has less flowers with thinner petals (and fewer ripe seeds).
Though as Chris says above the only certain way to tell is to check for bulbils.
Ranunculus ficaria subsp. bulbifera:
bulbifera is usually urban to suburban ficaria more wild places
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Just to clarify about where this plant was found.
Baron's Haugh is a reserve on the outskirts of Motherwell. One edge of the reserve is right beside a built-up area. You go down a hill amongst grassy meadows and come to some woodland. This woodland surrounds a small body of water which makes up the focus of the reserve.
Walking around this body of water takes you along a path between the water and the upper reaches of the River Clyde. It was along this path that I took this photo, so not exactly near the built-up area, but not a wild area either.
Sand Martins nest in the opposite bank of the Clyde at this point, and the M74 rumbles by on that side of the river, but there doesn't seem to be access for people on that side so it's relatively undisturbed.
"bulbifera is usually urban to suburban ficaria more wild places"
I'd have to disagree with that generalisation as the places I've found subsp. bulbifera definitely weren't urban or suburban!
Stace(1975) says that bulbifera is "less common in Ir and W Br, but in E Br is less tolerant of open conditions".
Lat/Lng: 55.7, -4.1
OS grid ref: NS7455