River Water-Crowfoot is a
perennial plant of the UK, typically found growing in fast-flowing rivers and streams, to a mature height of up to 5cm.
River Water-Crowfoot grows as a submerged plant with long stems and feathery leaves, only raising itself above the water to flower.
Botanic classification and naming: River Water-Crowfoot is a member of the Buttercup (Ranunculaceae) family. The genus name
'Ranunculus' identifies the plant as a Buttercup and its species name 'fluitans' means 'floating plant'.
Concerns: River Water Crowfoot is a toxic plant. In Northern Ireland, River Water-Crowfoot is rare and only found only in a single stream where the plant is under threat from water pollution.
Benefits: River Water-Crowfoot provides an aquatic habitat for a range of insect larvae and aquatic organisms.
Benefits to wildlife are also indicated with orange icons in the plant profile bar at the top.