Ranunculus sceleratus

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaRanunculaceaeRanunculusRanunculus sceleratus


An annual of shallow water or wet, disturbed, nutrient-rich mud, especially at the edges of ponds, ditches, streams or rivers which are poached by drinking livestock. It is salt-tolerant and frequent on grazed estuarine marshes. Its seeds are long-lived and plants can re-appear following disturbance after many years of absence. Lowland.



World Distribution

Circumpolar Boreo-temperate element, with a disjunct distribution; widely naturalised outside its native range.

Broad Habitats

Light (Ellenberg): 8

Moisture (Ellenberg): 8

Reaction (Ellenberg): 8

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 8

Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 2

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.8

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 15.4

Annual Precipitation (mm): 861

Height (cm): 60

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary

Therophyte (annual land plant)



Clonality - primary

Little or no vegetative spread

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 1492

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 353

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 6

Atlas Change Index: -0.05

Weighted Changed Factor: -10

Weighted Change Factor Confidence (90%)


JNCC Designations


Atlas text references

Atlas (22c)
Grime JP, Hodgson JG, Hunt R
1988.  Comparative Plant Ecology.
Hultén E, Fries M
1986.  Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols.
Jalas & Suominen (1989)