Family

Crowfoot.

Colour

Golden yellow.

Odour

Scentless.

Range

North, sparingly south and west.

Time of Bloom

June-August.

Flowers: growing singly, or clustered in panicles. Calyx: of five small sepals. Corolla: of five, seven, or more oblong petals. Stamens: indefinite in number. Pistils: numerous, forming a head. Leaves: lanceolate; the upper ones clasping, the lower ones on petioles. Stem: one to three feet high; hollow; glabrous.

A slender plant whose bright, cheery face shows its close kinship to the buttercup. It is one of the gay blossoms of the Stamens and Pistils swamps, and keeps the carnival of colour from waning after the marigold has passed away.

Water Plantain Spearwort Ranunculus obtusiusculus 81