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Three-lobed crowfoot

(Ranunculus tripartitus )

Three-lobed crowfoot © Lliam Rooney

Three-lobed crowfoot © Lliam Rooney


A member of the buttercup family, but with small, white, starry flowers.

Like most crowfoots, it has two kinds of leaves: the surface leaves are three-lobed and broad, but the underwater leaves – which are rarely seen with this species – are finely divided and feathery.

Distribution

It grows mainly in south-west England and south Wales. Although still very rare, botanists keep finding it in south-east England in old sites where it was thought to have disappeared.

Habitat

Wet mud, ditches and ponds.

Status

Classified as Endangered.

Key threats

It is principally threatened by loss of heathland, draining or infilling of pools, and loss of grazing which allows it to be smothered by coarse plants.