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Meadow buttercup (Ranunculus acris)

Observed: 26th May 2012 By: ThistleThistle’s reputation in PlantsThistle’s reputation in PlantsThistle’s reputation in PlantsThistle’s reputation in PlantsThistle’s reputation in Plants
Meadow buttercup (Ranunculus acris)
Description:

Thanks to Lavateraguy for pointing me away from Lesser spearwort R. flammula) and towards this ID.

Identifications
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Species with which Meadow Buttercup (Ranunculus acris) interacts

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lavateraguy's picture

Not Ranunculus flammula

The leaves are lobed, so it's not Ranunculus flammula. (Also, a grassland habitat is atypical for that species, but if that's Filependulina that I see then perhaps the ground is rather wet.)

The absence of any identifiable basal leaves makes identification more difficult. I think (I might have the scale wrong) that the flowers are too large for Ranunculus scleratus.

Thistle's picture

Wet!

Certainly very wet and, yes, that's meadowsweet (along with sorrel and stinging nettle.)

Agreed that the flowers are too large for R. sceleratus.

A close look at the original photo shows hairy, unfurrowed stalks so R. acris.

Many thanks for the pointers.