Buttercups
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29 May 2006
One of the most dramatic wild flower events was the explosion of Bulbous Buttercups on the pasture south-east of Old Erringham Farm and adjacent to the Mill Hill Nature Reserve. These buttercups are always superabundant in this field, but this year they seem to cover almost the entire area. They even rival the Horseshoe Vetch, Hippocrepis comosa, on Mill Hill from a distance.

Shoreham Bank with Horseshoe Vetch (not yet as extensive as 2005)

 
Bulbous Buttercup
Ranunculus bulbosus

has the sepals bent back

It flowers earlier than the Meadow Buttercup (from April) and prefers drier habitats. 

Meadow Buttercup
Ranunculus acris

Over 30 cm high. This is the tall buttercup of meadows.

no picture yet Creeping Buttercup
Ranunculus repens

Spreads by runners and spreads with overgrazing


 
 
Creeping Cinquefoil
Potentilla reptans ?

 
 
 
 
Lesser Celandine
Ranunculus ficaria
Lesser Celandine
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