Bulbous Buttercup - Ranunculus bulbosus


Short to medium hairy plant with a swollen corm-like base. The flowers are golden yellow 20 to 30 mm on furrowed stems, sepals down-turned.

Similar Species

Often confused with R repens and R acris - all are common in grassland

Identification difficulty
ID guidance

Basal leaves - a short section of stalk separates final leaf lobe from two basal side-lobes.  Sepals turn downwards ('reflexed') alongside the flower stalk; this distinguishes it from R repens

Recording advice

Photos of basal leaves and sepals (a side-on view of flower, not 'full face') 


Grassy habitats on well drained calcareous or slightly acid soils. Meadows, pastures, road verges, etc.

When to see it

March to July.

Life History


UK Status

Very common throughout Britain.

VC55 Status

Very common also in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 482 of the 617 tetrads.  It is listed as Native and Locally Abundant in the current Checklist (Jeeves, 2011)

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map