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Also known as Lesser Celadine, this is a creeping flowering perennial from buttercup r(Ranunculaceae). It has dark green heart-shaped leaves, and bright yellow flowers with glossy petals. Number of petals varies.
One of the early bloomers, seen on edges of broadleaved forest (mainly oak). Mountain environment, just in between Jura Mountain and lake Geneva (Leman), right on the Swiss-French border.
As most of buttercup family members, all parts of the plant are toxic, containing something called protoanemonin... At the same time, it is/was used in medicinal purposes; as a treatment for hemorrhoids and as a treatment against scorbut.
Spotted on Apr 2, 2018
Submitted on Apr 3, 2018