FLORA OF ICELAND elements: Ranunculus reptans, Creeping Spearwort, Flagasóley

Ranunculus reptans; The creeping spearwort grows often submersed during the spring on muddy grounds which dry up as summer progresses. The plant has a roset of blade-shaped narrow leaves and creeping stems from the rosettes. This is not always clearly visible as they can form thick mats. The leaves (mats) are normally green but can also be red. I believe - but I can be wrong - that this is when they just appear from under water. The appearance of the flowers are typically buttercup-like.
It is a member of the buttercup family (Ranunculaceae). The Icelandic name of this species is Flagasóley.

A brief introduction to Iceland plants
Text & Photographs by Dick Vuijk
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Other Buttercup family members

Other Buttercup family members

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Natural History of Iceland Site  in Dutch

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