West Highland Flora

Marsh Marigold


Caltha palustris

 

Caltha palustris

Photo Carl Farmer
2 May 2002 Portree, Skye

Common in wet ground, including ditches, croftland and woods, also in upland flushes.

Flower diameter c 3-5 cm.

ID: Flower like a buttercup but much larger, with 5-8 petals.  Leaves heart-shaped, glossy, dark green, like those of Lesser Celandine but much larger and toothed.

Other features: Ssp minor occurs in mountains, with rooting stems, fewer smaller flowers, and gaps between petals.

 

  Caltha palustris

Photo Carl Farmer
2 May 2002 Portree, Skye
 

 
  Flowering among young Iris shoots, a typical scene of wet ground in early May  
     
     
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