Meadow Buttercup - Ranunculus acris
Medium to tall plant usually hairy. Basal leaves deeply divided into 3 to 7 narrow wedge shaped segments, each toothed or lobed. Stem leaves similar but smaller. Flowers golden yellow 15 to 25 mm with erect sepals. Stalks beneath the flowers smooth and rounded, not ribbed, and is hollow.
Often confused with R bulbosus and R repens; all are common in grasslands
Basal leaves are palmate (this distinguishes it from R repens and R bulbosus). Sepals not turned down the stalk.
Photos of basal leaves and sepals (a side-on view of flower, not 'full face')
Damp meadows and pastures various grassy places.
April to September.
Very common throughout Britain.
Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 594 of the 617 tetrads. It is listed as Native and Locally Abundant in the current Checklist (Jeeves, 2011)
Leicestershire & Rutland Map
Enter a town or village to see local records
Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015