Ranunculus ficaria

Lesser celandine                                                                               Μη διαθέσιμη

Ranunculaceae - buttercup family                                                                  Dicot.


The shiny bright yellow flowers and dark green leaves of celandine are a cheerful sight in early spring. Adapted to a temperate climate, the plants require moist soil, in sun or shade, but their early appearance in Skopelos takes advantage of the cool, damp environment at this time of year.

Lesser celandine is widespread throughout Europe and West Asia and has become a troublesome invasive weed in North America,1 where it is threatening native woodland plants; in contrast, it is in danger of extinction in Northern Africa and has been included in the Red List. 2

All parts of the plant are poisonous although it contains high levels of vitamin C and has been used in the past as treatment for scurvy.

2-3cm, 7-15cm, 
10-20cm,                               JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC

  1. 1.Axtell et al. Lesser Celandine (Ranunculus ficaria): A Threat to Woodland Habitats in the Northern United States and Southern Canada. Invasive Plant Science and Management. 2010.

  2. 2.Nieves García et al. The Status and Distribution of Freshwater Biodiversity in Northern Africa. IUCN. Red List. 2010.

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