Ranunculus aquatilis

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaRanunculaceaeRanunculusRanunculus aquatilis


This is an annual or short-lived perennial which grows in shallow water in marshes, ponds and ditches, and at the edge of slow-flowing streams and sheltered lakes. It occurs chiefly in water which is eutrophic and at least mildly base-rich, and is favoured by a degree of disturbance. Generally lowland, but reaching 445 m at Small Water (Cumberland).



World Distribution

European Temperate element; also in C. and E. Asia and western N. America.

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JNCC Designations


Atlas text references

Hultén E, Fries M
1986.  Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols.
Jalas & Suominen (1989)
Preston CD, Croft JM
1997.  Aquatic plants in Britain and Ireland.