Greater Celandine - Chelidonium majus


    Medium to tall rather brittle, tufted plant, the stems exuding orange latex when broken. Leaves pinnately lobed with rounded divisions. Flowers bright yellow, 1.5 to 2.5 cm, in small umbels of 2 to 6. Capsule linear.

    Identification difficulty

    Bare and waste areas, often close to habitation.

    When to see it

    April to October.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Fairly frequent in most of Britain though less so in Scotland; it rarely grows far from human habitation.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 186 of the 617 tetrads.

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