Bulbous Buttercup - Ranunculus bulbosus

Description

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 checklist (your specimen should have all of these features)

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') 

Habitat

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

When to see it

March to July.

Life History

Perennial.

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)

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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Species profile

Common names
Bulbous Buttercup
Species group:
Wildflowers
Kingdom:
Plantae
Order:
Ranunculales
Family:
Ranunculaceae
Records on NatureSpot:
180
First record:
05/05/2006 (Calow, Graham)
Last record:
14/06/2024 (Nicholls, David)

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