Goldilocks: but no porridge | Nature Notes from Dorset

The goldilocks buttercup (Ranunculus auricomus) is very much a plant of broad-leaf woodland in spring, flowering in April and May. Indeed, apart the creeping buttercup, it is our only woodland buttercup species and is quite distinctive with flowers that never quite seem perfect! It readily drops its petals and so finding one with all five petals on a flower head is quite unusual. It is much taller than creeping buttercup and the leaves are narrow and pointed whereas creeping buttercup leaves are much broader. All in all, if you find a buttercup in woodland then if it is not the creeping buttercup then it almost certainly is goldilocks.
It is not a common flower in Dorset.

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