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UK Nature  > Wild Flowers  > Yellow Wild Flowers  > Ranunculus repens

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Scientific Name:   Ranunculus repens
Common Name:   Creeping Buttercup

Ranunculus repens, more commonly known as Creeping Buttercup, is a low-growing perennial with creeping stolons (runners) which is found in rural and urban areas, such as pastures, farmlands, natural wetlands, city gardens and lawns. Stems reach around 30cm in height. Leaves are dark-ish green with pale patches, divided into 3 toothed leaflets. Both leaves and stems are somewhat hairy.

During May to September, it produces bright yellow, glossy flowers with usually 5 (but can be up to 7) petals. Reproduces by seed and vegetatively via long, branching stolons (runners) that root at the nodes. This is Britain's only stoloniferous buttercup, and the very obvious feature of rooting runners is all you really need to see in order to separate it from other common buttercup species such as the Meadow Buttercup (Ranunculus acris).
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