Hairy Buttercup Ranunculus sardous

Scientific Name: Ranunculus sardous.

English Name: Hairy Buttercup; Sardinian Buttercup.

French Name: Renoncule de Sardaigne (= 'Sardinian Ranunculus'); Renoncule des mares (='pond Ranunculus').

5 Key Characters: 
  • hairy leaves and stems.
  • leaves divided into 3 leaflets.
  • flowers bright yellow with (usually) 5 petals and 5 reflexed (downturned) sepals.
  • seedhead is a bobbly sphere.
  • 10-50cm tall.

Lookalikes: Other grassland buttercups, the most common of which are bigger plants altogether.

Habitat: Damp pasture, trampled pond edges, wet hollows, roadsides, farm tracks, gateways. Places where the soil is neutral and the ground is damp and disturbed and the grass sparse.

Flowering Period: May-June-July-August.

Status: Uncommon. Supposedly the origin of the word 'sardonic', a reference to the 'bitter grin' one makes after having eaten it but just before dying (like all Ranunculus spp it is toxic).

Photographed by Loire Valley Nature:

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