Lesser Celandine (Ranunculus ficaria)

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Saltram Park

Life Cycle:

Perennial, In flower during March, April and May.

Description:

Perenniating herb from small tubers. The heart shaped leaves emerge early in spring and die down in summer. The flowers have 8 to 12 petals which are shiny and yellow fading to whitish when old. Actinomorphic. Stamens and carpels numerous.

Habitats

Deciduous woodland
Coniferous woodland
Grassland
Hedgerows
Meadow
Scrub
Short turf
Wasteland

Fruit

The fruit is an achene.

Usage

Pilewort. Early leaves high in vitamin C. Poisonous, must be heated or dried.

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