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Meadow Buttercup ( Ranunculus acris)


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A plant with numerous hairy leaves divided into seven lobes. Flowers are bright to pale yellow. It has numerous clustered fruits each with a short hooked beak. The sepals are spreading but not bent back. This plant can carpet a meadow and is still a common sight. As with other buttercups at one time it was believed the ground up roots could cure plague and the flowers hung around the neck could cure madness. It flowers from May to August or even October in a good year. Picture taken on 3rd June 2006 at Felmersham, Bedfordshire.

10th Jul 2006 by Diane Earl

Biology, Science

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