Meadow Buttercup is a
perennial plant of the UK, typically found growing in damp meadows and grassland, to a mature height of up to 100cm.
The Meadow Buttercup is distinguished from other common buttercups by: its erect habit; its long bare un-ribbed stems; and its deeply-divided palmate leaves, with three to five lobes, which in turn have deeply-lobed edges.
Botanic classification and naming: Meadow Buttercup is a member of the Buttercup (Ranunculaceae) family. The genus name
'Ranunculus' identifies the plant as a Buttercup and its species name 'acris' means 'sharp-tasting plant'.
Concerns: The Meadow Buttercup is toxic. In contact with the skin, it can cause rashes and blistering. If ingested, it affects the digestive and nervous systems.
Benefits: Pollinated by bees, butterflies, flies and beetles. The tiny Cocksfoot Moth feeds from flowers of the Meadow Buttercup.
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