GOLDILOCKS BUTTERCUP

WOOD BUTTERCUP

Ranunculus auricomus

Buttercup Family [Ranunculaceae]

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status
statusZnative
 
flower
flower8yellow
 
inner
inner8green
 
morph
morph=HemiZygo
 
petals
petalsZ5
(5 - 0)
stem
stem8round
 

14th May 2010, The Row, Whitbarrow, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
Likes woods and nestling in hedges. Low and straggly, barely reaching a foot above ground.


8th May 2009, Torver, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
Seems to also like occupying the corners where ground meets wall beside a footpath.


8th May 2009, Torver, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
At first glance seems to be a mixture of two plants, but detailed inspection reveals a confusion of palmately lobed basal leaves and narrow lanceolate stem leaves on the same plant.


8th May 2009, Torver, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
Misshapen asymmetric yellow flowers with nominally five petals. [Lower left is a Dandelion].


14th May 2010, The Row, Whitbarrow, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
Palmately shaped deeply cut leaves near ground level; whorls of 3 to 9 narrow linear leaves on the flower stem.


14th May 2010, The Row, Whitbarrow, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
Distinct mid-rib in linear stem leaves.


14th May 2010, The Row, Whitbarrow, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
With nominally five shiny golden-yellow petals, but often with petals missing.


14th May 2010, The Row, Whitbarrow, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
Misshapen petals give it a shabby appearance.


14th May 2010, The Row, Whitbarrow, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
Numerous spoon-shaped golden-yellow anthers separate petals from greenish-yellow central spiky orb.


8th May 2009, Torver, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
Ragged petals not un-common, especially when central fruit enlarging.


14th May 2010, The Row, Whitbarrow, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
Five green woolly sepals under the petals. Short downy hairs on flower stem.


14th May 2010, The Row, Whitbarrow, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
Basal leaves palmately and deeply lobed, similar to those of Creeping Buttercup.


14th May 2010, The Row, Whitbarrow, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
A whorl of 9 stem leaves. Note the very short 'leaves' near the central node.


8th May 2009, Torver, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
The fruit is similar to many other Buttercups, knobbley with the pointed tips having a very slight outward curve.


Not to be confused with : Goldilocks Aster [a plant with similar name]

Unlike many other Buttercups, Goldilocks buttercup does not hybridise with any other Buttercup.

Superficial resemblance to : other Buttercups

Not to be confused with: Goldilocks Aster [a plant with similar name, but belonging to a different family].

Uniquely identifiable characteristics

Distinguishing Feature : Imperfect flowers with up to 5 golden-yellow buttercup-type petals, usually misshapen.

Being the only Buttercup that is not acrid, Goldilocks Buttercup must be free from the poisonous Protoanemonin that all other Buttercups possess.


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Distribution
 family8Buttercup family8Ranunculaceae

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genus8Ranunculus
Ranunculus
(Buttercups)

GOLDILOCKS BUTTERCUP

WOOD BUTTERCUP

Ranunculus auricomus

Buttercup Family [Ranunculaceae]

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