Common Water-crowfoot - Ranunculus aquatilis


    Water-crowfoots are a difficult group and expert help is often required to establish accurate identity of species. It has two kinds of leaves, floating and leaf-like ones with 3 to 7 shallow lobes, and submerged ones composed of numerous leafy segments. Flowers solitary, white.

    Identification difficulty

    Shallow freshwater habitats, ponds, etc.

    When to see it

    April to September.

    Life History

    Annual or perennial.

    UK Status

    Fairly frequent throughout Britain, but scarcer in the North.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland but care has to be taken with identification as there are a number of very similar species. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 75 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map