Fasciated Lesser Celandine (Ficaria verna) at Liskeard

Feb 20, 2013 by

Fasciated Lesser Celandine (Ficaria verna) at Liskeard

Ray Roberts of Liskeard has sent me a photo of a fasciated Lesser Celandine – Ficaria verna (syn. Ranunculus ficaria). It was growing on the hedge of a narrow lane in Liskeard town (SX2564). Ray counted 38 petals on one flower, several underneath and some not showing and with a flat stem about 10 mm wide.

Ray says “I have made a habit over the years of counting petals on the Lesser Celandine flowers as I walk along and usually they have eight but occasionally I find them with twelve petals.”

Fasciation occurs in lots of species and in Cornwall in the past I have seen Dandelion, Common Toadflax and Marsh Thistle, all with flattened stems.

If anyone has images of unusual growth forms please email

More details of Fasciation can be found here.

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