Creeping Buttercup - Ranunculus repens

    Description

    Short to medium generally hairy plant with long creeping and rooting runners. Flowers golden yellow 20 to 30 mm in lax clusters, sepals erect.

    Similar Species

    Often confused with R bulbosus and R acris - all are common and found in grasslands

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Basal leaves - a short section of stalk separates final leaf lobe from two basal side-lobes.  Sepals not turned down; fitting underneath the petals 

    Recording advice

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

    Habitat

    Grassy habitats, especially on wet and heavy soils. Meadows, road verges, marshes, etc.

    When to see it

    May to September.

    Life History

    Perennial.

    UK Status

    Common throughout Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 606 of the 617 tetrads.  Listed as Native and Frequent in the current Checklist (Jeeves, 2011)

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map