Lesser Spearwort - Ranunculus flammula


Stem often creeping, sometime erect, becoming prostrate with age. The stem branches infrequently and roots when in contact with the surface. The leaves are simple, lanceolate in shape, with parallel veins. The flowers have 5 shiny yellow petals

Photo ID?

Pond edges, river banks and other wet places.

When to see it

May to September.

Life History


UK Status

Widespread and fairly common in Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 79 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map