A perennial herb with creeping stems, R. repens has a very wide ecological tolerance, but is most typical of disturbed habitats on damp or wet nutrient-rich soils, including woodland rides, ditch sides, farm gateways, gardens and waste ground. It also occurs in damp or periodically flooded grasslands, in dune-slacks and on lake shores. It is absent from very acidic soils. Generally lowland, but reaching 1035 m on Snowdon (Caerns.).
An extremely common species with a stable distribution.
Eurasian Boreo-temperate element, but naturalised in N. America so distribution is now Circumpolar Boreo-temperate.
PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.
Atlas text references
1988. Comparative Plant Ecology.
1957. Biological Flora of the British Isles. No. 61. Ranunculus acris L. (pp. 289-314), Ranunculus repens L. (pp. 314-325), Ranunculus bulbosus L. (pp. 325-342). Journal of Ecology. 45:289-342.
1986. Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols.
Jalas & Suominen (1989)
1990. The biology of Canadian weeds. 95. Ranunculus repens L. Canadian Journal of Plant Science. 70:1123-1141.
1965. Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 1. 2 vols.