Bermuda-buttercup, Bryher, Isles of Scilly
Side view of petals
Close-up of anthers
Flower about to open
Leaves in old bulb field
Close-up of trefoil leaflets with brown spots
February to June, but may be found all-year round.
Is found mainly in the Scillies, Cornwall and a few other places,
thinly scattered throughout the country.
For a map see the National Biodiversity Network Gateway –
It is a neophyte introduced from South Africa.
It is a persistent, agricultural weed in the bulb fields on
the Isles of Scilly.
Bermuda-buttercup is a perennial herb growing up to 30cm.
The flowers are lemon-yellow and up to 2.5cm. They are
the largest flowers of the yellow sorrels and are borne on
leafless, unbranched stems.
There are 5 petals and up to 10 anthers with orange anthers.
There are 5 styles with minute stigmas.
Leaves have trefoil-like 3 leaflets which fold and may have
The flowers and leavesf are produced by underground stems,
which are connected to a deep bulb.
Reproduction is by bulbils and stem fragmentation.
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