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Common Name(s): Lesser Celandine
Scientific Name: Ranunculus ficaria
Ranunculus ficaria, more commonly known as Lesser Celandine, is a hairless plant growing to 30cm tall, with creeping stems, rooting at the nodes. The leaves are heart-shaped and fleshy, with wavy margins and long stalks. May have bulbils (tiny secondary bulbs) in the axils of stem leaves. The flowers are yellow (fading to virtually white), 2-3 cm across, with 3-7 sepals and 8-12 petals. Fruits are hairy achenes (dry, one-seeded fruits) with straight beak (the stalk between achene and pappus). They have a flowering season from March to May. Habitat is usually deciduous woods, scrubland, damp meadows and they are commonly found throughout the UK.
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