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Buttercup

Observed: 20th May 2012 By: gramandy
Kent Wildlife TrustThanet Coast ProjectWildwood Trust
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Buttercup
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Description:

Buttercup - as a kid under the chin and now you think - is this really a buttercup?

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Bulbous Buttercup (Ranunculus bulbosus) interacts

Comments

GrizzledBadger's picture

Bulbous Buttercup

So called because there appears to be a bulb between the leaves & the roots. Grooved/ungrooved flower stalks & sepals that hang down/or do not may help in id+ the bulbous base.

Brock

gramandy's picture

Already decided to..

...go back and check the root area when passing.

gramandy's picture

added...

...new photos of around root system and don't look bulbous to me? Not expert though.

GrizzledBadger's picture

Buttercup

Your recent photos show unfurrowed flower stems, one also shows what appears to be erect/spreading sepals; which would indicate Meadow Buttercup.
Hope I've not miss led you over the bulbous stem - you would need to scrape soil from the plant base for it to be seen.

Brock

Tim Rich's picture

easier to lok and see if the

easier to lok and see if the sepals are upright or reflexed down than look for the bulbous underground stem - I can't see this on the photo clearly. Be careful to look
at one plant as they can grow intermixed

Tim Rich

gramandy's picture

not...

...sure what I need to look for? Butttercup or not? What photo do I need now? Just a beginner with plants -under the chin in the sun obviously doesn't work?

Tim Rich's picture

look at the other pictures of

look at the other pictures of the bulbous buttercups - most show a side view so you can see if the sepals (the greenish bits outside the petals) are reflexed downwards or not

Tim Rich

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New pic - I think...

... reflexed down - bulbous? all this for a under the chin buttercup.

Tim Rich's picture

well done - reflexed sepals

well done - reflexed sepals definitely make it bulbosus in this habitat (the uncommon R. sardous also does this by the way)

Tim Rich