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Lesser Celandine

Ranunculus ficaria


Low growing, perennial wildflower. Smooth leaves and stems. Bright yellow flowers with 8-10 petals. Flowers don't last long and often fade to a whitish color before dropping off.


Suburban yards, roadsides, disturbed areas (moist areas preferred).


I have seen these flowers on my walk to work from the train station every Spring and always wondered what they were. Introduced to the US (as an ornamental plant) and invasive in some areas.

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ForestDragon 9 years ago

You may absolutely use my photo. I am honored that you have considered it. You can credit the photo to me, Tamar Beecher. I'm looking foreword to seeing the finished product!

Akimz 9 years ago

Hi ForestDragon,

Thanks again for joining the mission on look alike buttercups! We're about to write up a final project summary and I'd like to use one of your photos (the flower shot) for our report.

Can we use your photo, and if so, what name would you like us to use to credit you? I'll post a link to the final report once we're done, let me know!


ForestDragon 9 years ago

Akimz, I would be happy to add my spotting to the mission!

Akimz 9 years ago

Hi there,

We would love to have this spotting be a part of our mission on the distribution of native and invasive look-alike buttercups. The marsh marigold looks similar to the lesser celandine and many people get them confused. Feel free to join!

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Hicksville, New York, USA

Spotted on Apr 11, 2013
Submitted on Apr 16, 2013

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