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Lesser Spearwort

Ranunculus flammula

Plant Data

Order:
Ranunculales
Family:
Ranunculaceae (Buttercup)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Glossy yellow, solitary, cup-shaped flowers, up to 2cm wide. 5 petals per flower, many stamens. The petals are longer than the sepals.
Fruit:
Small elliptical, brown nutlets.
Leaves:
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.
Maximum Size:
50cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
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.
Other Names:
Banewort, Greater Creeping Spearwort, Small Spearwort, Snake's Tongue.
Habitats:
Bogs, ditches, farmland, floodplains, marshes, meadows, ponds, swamps, water, waterside, wetland.