Goldilocks Buttercup, Ranunculus auricomus

Goldilocks Buttercup is an easily overlooked species. Recently whilst out with the family I saw some growing in the woods near Lancut in the Wye Valley, but did not have my camera with me so I returned a couple of days latter to photograph them and had some difficulty locating them.



The two photos below were taken on my return visit to the Lancut area along the Wye valley. You can see that the flowers are quite insignificant. In the left hand photo you can see that one flower only has one full size petal and the others are all quite rudimentary. You can also see that the leaves are not much like buttercup leaves, they are narrow and stellate, resembling more the appearance of Woodruff or Cleavers. However if you make a  detailed inspection it will reveal a confusion of palmately lobed basal leaves and narrow lanceolate stem leaves on the same plant.







On one of my first visits to our portion of Ninewells wood I made a list of species present and Goldilocks was one that I recorded, however I have not seen it for several years, not since we had the Corsican Pines felled. Maybe it was a victim of the rather harsh treatment a woodland gets when it is clear felled….. Sorry



The distribution of this plant is quite patchy, it does not occur at all in quite large areas  areas of the UK, and then in other regions it is quite common. Peculiar.

Click to see other flowers from the Wye valley woodlands

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