Phylum: Magnoliophyta - Class: Equisetopsida - Order: Ranunculales - Family: Ranunculaceae
This water-plant is very localised and confined mainly to the south and west of England, Wales and Ireland
Found mainly in shallow streams and ditches, and sometimes in shallow ponds and puddles, this creeping plant blooms from April to September and has tiny flowers a quarter the size of those generslly associated with river ranunculus species.
There are several similar species, including ivy-leaved crowfoot, all of which have a preference for still or slow-flowing shallow water.
The plant shown on this page was photographed on the River Teifi in West Wales and is one of the reasons for the River Teifi's designation as a Site of Special Scientific Interest is its diversity andabundance of Ranunculus species.
The photograph was taken in July.