Ranunculus ficaria subsp. chrysocephalus
A small perennial herb which is grown in gardens; it may be widespread as such, being overlooked for the native subspecies. It has been recorded in hedgerows and on roadsides. Reproduction is by seed and perhaps by dispersal of root tubers. Lowland.
The fact that this subspecies was present in Britain as a garden plant was brought to the attention of British botanists in 1930. However, it was not recorded from the wild until 1994, when it was reported from a hedge at Ware (Herts.), where it had apparently been known for 20 years.
Native of the E. Mediterranean region.
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.