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Water Crowfoot in flower

Common Water Crowfoot (Ranunculus aquatlis) - This is a floating plant; the submerged leaves are feathery, and the floating leaves are toothed. The flowers are short stalked and between 10 and 20 mm. Found in still and slow fresh water. Widespread in western and central Europe. The seedlings of water crowfoot are dispersed by water.

Pond Water Crowfoot (Ranunculus peltatus) - This is, too, a floating plant; the submerged leaves are feathery, and the floating leaves are rounded and lobed. The flowers are on medium sized stalks and between 15 and 20 mm. A frequently found species usually only in still water; ponds, lakes, canals and ditches. It has a preference for nutrient rich water and can even survive in temporary water. Throughout Europe except far northern parts of Scandinavia and Iceland. Normally a perennial plant but can survive temporary water by being an annual.

 


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