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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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09 February, 2010

Lesser Celandine (Ranunculus ficaria)

We have had a couple of Celandines in flower in a sheltered spot in the garden since Christmas but now they are beginning to appear elsewhere in the Dorset countryside. In another three weeks or so there will be carpets of them on banks, in woodlands, along hedgerows, on river sides, in fact all over the place.

The bright, cheery faces of the Lesser Celandine glisten in the spring sunlight and are another reminder of the transformation that will occur before our very eyes in the next month or so. Don't you just adore spring?

The Lesser Celandine is a member of the buttercup family, Ranunculacae. There is a Greater Celandine which is not a Ranunculus and looks nothing like the the Lesser! That just goes to show why we use Latin names for precision in identification and not common English country names which can often be very confusing.