Lesser Spearwort - Ranunculus flammula


    Stem often creeping, sometime erect, becoming prostrate with age. The stem branches infrequently and roots when in contact with the surface. The leaves are simple, lanceolate in shape, with parallel veins. The flowers have 5 shiny yellow petals

    Identification difficulty

    Pond edges, river banks and other wet places.

    When to see it

    May to September.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly common in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 79 of the 617 tetrads.

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

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