Wildflowers of Bradlaugh Fields #19 Bulbous Buttercup

With this a record-breaking warm April the flowers are really getting ahead of themselves everywhere including on Bradlaugh Fields. The first of the buttercups are starting to appear, here on the Hills and Hollows for example, with field mouse-ear flowering above it and the conifers by the Morrisons’ entrance in the background:

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Buttercups look very like their relatiive the celandine, but they are also related to clematis which may not be so obvious to see at first, until you see the seed-heads, which look very similar.

The easiest way of distinguishing the bulbous buttercup from creeping buttercup or meadow buttercup is to look at the flowers where you’ll see that the parts of the flower underneath the petals – the sepals – are turned down backwards instead of pointing upwards the same as the petals.

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