Bulbous Buttercup is a
perennial plant of the UK, typically found growing in grassland and meadow, to a mature height of up to 30cm.
The Bulbous Buttercup is distinguished from other common buttercups by: its short, erect, ribbed stems; the swollen base to its stem, at ground level; its triangular leaves, divided into three lobe-edged leaflets, with a significantly 'stalked' end leaflet; and its sepals turned downwards beneath the flower.
Botanic classification and naming: Bulbous Buttercup is a member of the Buttercup (Ranunculaceae) family. The genus name
'Ranunculus' identifies the plant as a Buttercup and its species name 'bulbosus' means 'bulbous plant'.
Concerns: The Bulbous 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.
Benefits to wildlife are also indicated with orange icons in the plant profile bar at the top.