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Observed: 28th February 2012 By: KelsaeJohnKelsaeJohn’s reputation in PlantsKelsaeJohn’s reputation in PlantsKelsaeJohn’s reputation in PlantsKelsaeJohn’s reputation in Plants

A few just opened in the last couple of days.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Lesser Celandine (Ranunculus ficaria) interacts


KelsaeJohn's picture

Ficaria verna

Nicholas, I don't doubt you for a second, but why is ispot still offering 'Ranunculus ficaria'? I simply entered lesser celandine then clicked the 'Get Recommended' and that's what came up. I see that you are getting all the agreements and that, somehow, doesn't seem fair!

All the best


ns2658's picture


I really am sorry, yes it's a little unfair. The same thing happened to me here:

I didn't mean to steal your agreements, I was just trying to point out that iSpot isn't actually correct in this case.

I probably should have just posted a message at the bottom, but unfortunately I can't now take the identification away.

Apologies once again. In recompense I did agree with your id as technically it is correct.



KelsaeJohn's picture

ID's Grey area

Don't worry about it Nick. I had tongue slightly in cheek when I spoke about the unfairness of it.



ns2658's picture

Scientific names

I have found that some scientific names can be very confusing, such as in this case. For example here the expert has agreed with your your scientific name, but on my identification the expert agreed with the new scientific name.

I thought that the use of scientific names was meant to alleviate this kind of thing.

martinjohnbishop's picture

I looked in Stace 3 and did not find the reason

why he uses the name Ficaria verna.
I understand that Ficaria has 3 sepals and all other Ranunculus species have 5 sepals and this is one of the reasons for the present generic distinction.

There is a discussion about the name at
It says "Ficaria verna Hudson (1762) is a new name for Ranunculus ficaria L. and therefore has the same

Please could someone explain why the name is
Ficaria verna rather than Ficaria ficaria? Thank you.

cicuta58's picture


The scientific name for Lesser Celandine could be described as in a state of flux while the latest name Ficaria becomes more well-known. People starting now will, hopefully, use the new name so the older of us have to learn it to keep up. Of course, it could change again any time! If iSpot updated its preferences it would help.