Ranunculus paludosus

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaRanunculaceaeRanunculusRanunculus paludosus


A winter-green perennial herb which dies down to spindle-shaped tubers after flowering in May. It grows in grassland which is wet in winter, but sun-baked in summer. The number of flowering plants in a population may vary considerably from year to year. Lowland.



World Distribution

Mediterranean-Atlantic element, reaching its northern limit in Jersey.

Broad Habitats

Neutral grassland (includes coarse Arrhenatherum grassland)

Light (Ellenberg): 8

Moisture (Ellenberg): 7

Reaction (Ellenberg): 6

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 3

Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 6.1

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 16.9

Annual Precipitation (mm): 843

Height (cm): 40

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary


Comment on Life Form

root tubers do not make it a geophyte



Clonality - primary

Rhizome shortly creeping

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 0

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 0

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 4

JNCC Designations


Atlas text references

Atlas (20d)
de Bolòs O, Vigo J
1984.  Flora dels Països Catalans, I. Introducció. Licopodiàcies-Capparàcies.
Jalas & Suominen (1989)
Le Sueur F
1984.  Flora of Jersey.