Can you identify this flower? (Click on ‘Comment’ below if you can!)

A number of these yellow flowers are to be found growing on the north bank of the Wom, on an area regularly flooded after heavy rainfall, which often causes the brook to spill over its usual banks.

Hopefully this photograph will reveal the smaller clusters of leaves which are part of the whole plant, easily hidden by the larger leaves surrounding it.

8 Replies to “Can you identify this flower? (Click on ‘Comment’ below if you can!)”

  1. The larger leaves and the yellow flower both look as if they belong to the marsh marigold – caltha palustris. That would be consistent with the environment and the time of year. Some are flowering just now in my pond and also in the bog garden.
    This may be completely wrong but the smaller leaves look like cleavers (goose grass) Are they sticky?

  2. Thanks go to Mrs. Anita Ferguson, our botanist in the group, who identified the flower as a lesser celandine. (Flowers between March-May). I
    Inaccurately associated it as having small leaves-it has in fact large heart-shaped leaves, which are visible in the photograph.

  3. Andy-thanks for your comment-I checked this morning-the leaves are in fact sticky – can you identify the plant?

  4. Lesser celandine and marsh marigold are easily confused, but I think the habitat makes it likely this is marsh marigold because the lesser celandine is more likely to be found on a forest floor.
    So the larger heart shaped leaves belong to the yellow flower which I think is caltha palustris, and if the whorls of small thin leaves are sticky then that’s the goose grass – cleavers. Its should be easier, however, for the person who can actually see the real plant to identify it than by looking at the photograph.

  5. Thanks again for providing this additional information Andy-we’re due to have an audit of all flora occurring in the area-a group of botanists will be brought in by the Distirct Council, so we’ll get a third opinion-although sage words from you-it does really require ‘first hand’ viewing to correctly identify the species.

  6. It is definitely a Lesser Celendine. Although most often associated with woodlands/ hedgerows, they also like any damp ground. Marsh marigold is a lot bigger with ‘tougher’ thicker crinkly leaves and more cup-like flowers, hence their other name, King-cups!

  7. It’s Lesser Calendine also known as pilewort. When the roots are made into an ointment they are an excellent remedy for varicose veins.

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