Ranunculus ficaria ssp ficaria   Lesser Celendine CCC D N

Ranunculus ficaria by stream Ranunculus ficaria whole

Re-directed to Ficaria verna ssp fertilis.

This is one of those cheery early spring plants which cover the roadside verges, banks and streamsides in March and April. There are two common sub-species and this one is probably ssp ficaria. The other, ssp bulbilifer, tends to have fewer flowers and has tiny bulbils in the leaf axils. There is more of the ssp bulbilifer about than I reckon is recorded. This plant flowers earlier and earlier these days and there is a colony in Cheshire which has had one flower in December in consecutive years and twice in November but always has a few by January.

This plant is now known as Ficaria verna ssp fertilis and is found throughout the British Isles.

Ranunculus ficaria ssp ficaria

Ranunculus ficaria ssp ficaria Lesser Celandine

Laneside verge, Cheshire 18th April 2010

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Ranunculus ficaria ssp ficaria

LHS: By stream Cheshire, RHS: Laneside verge, Cheshire 18th April 2010

Added on February 1st 2005, January 17th 2006, updated 18th April 2010, updated and re-directed 20th Auguts 2011

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