Buttercup, Goldilocks

Information on Goldilocks Buttercup

Common Name: Goldilocks Buttercup
Scientific Name: Ranunculus auricomus
Irish Name: Gruaig Mhuire
Family Group: Ranunculaceae
Distribution: View Map (Courtesy of the BSBI)
Flowering Period

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Goldilocks Buttercup is not easily confused with other wild plants on this web site.

Growing to a height of about 40cm, Goldilocks Buttercup is a strange plant in that it quite often displays deformed flowers with some of the golden-yellow petals missing. The flowers are 15-25 mm across with between none and five petals and numerous stamens. The sepals are erect or spreading and the flowers are borne on sparsely hairy stems. The basal leaves are kidney-shaped, with three to five lobes, and the upper stem leaves are deeply divided into three to six narrow segments. They die off by summer.

This is a plant that likes damp woodland, hedgerows and churchyards. It is a native perennial and found mainly in northern and eastern parts of Ireland. It belongs to the Buttercup/Ranunculaceae family and, in common with other members of that family, it is poisonous. The fruit is a globular cluster, finely hairy with a short beak. It flowers from April to June. 

I first saw this species in 2018 when Jackie O’Connell pointed it out to me. I photographed it at that time. 

If you are satisfied you have correctly identified this plant, please submit your sighting to the National Biodiversity Data Centre

Buttercup, Goldilocks
Buttercup, Goldilocks
Buttercup, Goldilocks