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Glossy yellow, solitary, cup-shaped flowers, up to 2cm wide. 5 petals per flower, many stamens. The petals are longer than the sepals.
Small elliptical, brown nutlets.
A perennial, scrambling and hairless plant. Alternate, simple leaves. Its stems are often tinged red and its variable leaves are and linear or spear-shaped (hence its name 'spearwort'). The veins run parallel along the leaves from bottom to top. The leaves are unlike any other Buttercup species in that they are undivided, spear-shaped and barely toothed.
All parts of the plant are poisonous which is typical of all plants which are members of the Buttercup family.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Banewort, Greater Creeping Spearwort, Small Spearwort, Snake's Tongue.
Bogs, ditches, farmland, floodplains, marshes, meadows, ponds, swamps, water, waterside, wetland.