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Ranunculus ficaria

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 21 March 2012 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Ranunculus ficaria (NL: Gewoon speenkruid / EN: Lesser celandine, Pilewort / DE: Scharbockskraut, Feigwurz, Frühlingsscharbockskraut / FR: Ficaire fausse-renoncule, Ficaire) flowers from March until May, and is sometimes called the "spring messenger" as a consequence. In bad weather, the yellow flowers remain closed but on sun the flower spreads wide open. The plants can form real "carpets" on the forest floor but not higher than 10 cm. Ranunculus ficaria exists in both diploid (2n=16) and tetraploid (2n=32) forms which are very similar in appearance. However, the tetraploid type prefer more shady locations and frequently develops bulbils at the base of the stalk. These two variants are sometimes referred to as distinct sub-species,R. ficaria ficaria and R. ficaria bulbifer respectively. The plant used to be known as Pilewort, as it was used to treat haemorrhoids. Supposedly the knobbly tubers of the plant resemble piles, and according to the Doctrine of signatures this resemblance suggests that pilewort could be used to cure piles. The plant is found throughout Europe and west Asia and prefers bare, damp ground.

Image: Wijnegem (B) - 16/03/2012

Canon EOS 400D 1/125 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice & beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!

21 Mar 2012 12:45pm

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

I like how you have presented this - it is as if it is providing its own gentle light.

21 Mar 2012 3:59pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


21 Mar 2012 9:04pm

Canon EOS 400D
1/125 second
ISO 200
150 mm