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Buttercups

Observed: 26th May 2013 By: jeltjejeltje’s reputation in Plantsjeltje’s reputation in Plantsjeltje’s reputation in Plants
buttercups nearly hidden in grass
Description:

Photo not good enough to establish species,but on closer examination there seems to be 2 types of leaves partly visible,some ternate triangular others more dissected.All the flowers seem to have non-reflexed petals.That eliminates Bulbous buttercup which has reflexed sepals.The flower stems seem smooth,with one maybe grooved. Possibilities are thus Meadow buttercup and/or Creeping buttercup,but could not see runners of the latter specie.Growing on damp meadows prone to flooding.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Meadow Buttercup (Ranunculus acris) interacts

Comments

lavateraguy's picture

If the leaves were ternate ...

... as opposed to ternately lobed, it would be R. repens. However from what I can see of the foliage this looks like R. acris.

Presence of runners positively identifies R. repens, but absence does not exclude it.

jeltje's picture

Thanks for the info !

I didn't know that there are so many Buttercup varieties when taking the photo and didn't take any close-ups.Now that I have read up on them I still find the leaves tricky especially since they differ according to where they grow on the stem.