'Nature's Sugar Puffs..'

'Nature's Sugar Puffs..'

Close-up of the anthers of the Creeping Buttercup (Ranunculus repens).

Ranunculus is Latin for 'little frog or tadpole' and probably labelled such, due to the wet conditions that the plant thrives in. In fact some people say that the presence of buttercups , immediately indicate the presence of clay in the soil, due to poor drainage. Repens is Latin is literally translated as 'fresh', but in this case is used to describe the creeping nature of the plant, as is Trifolium Repens (Creeping White Clover).

Buttercups contain alkaloids and glycosides, the former giving buttercups a bitter taste, which are used to deter herbivores from feeding on them. These toxins are poisonous and can cause blistering and irritation of the skin, and can have more severe consequences in greater quantities.

As my daughter pointed out, the photo of the anthers do look like 'Sugar Puffs' don't they.
Ref:
Date:
29/08/09
Location:
Mount Grace Priory
Photographer:
Neil Wolfe
'Nature's Sugar Puffs..'

'Nature's Sugar Puffs..'

Close-up of the anthers of the Creeping Buttercup (Ranunculus repens).

Ranunculus is Latin for 'little frog or tadpole' and probably labelled such, due to the wet conditions that the plant thrives in. In fact some people say that the presence of buttercups , immediately indicate the presence of clay in the soil, due to poor drainage. Repens is Latin is literally translated as 'fresh', but in this case is used to describe the creeping nature of the plant, as is Trifolium Repens (Creeping White Clover).

Buttercups contain alkaloids and glycosides, the former giving buttercups a bitter taste, which are used to deter herbivores from feeding on them. These toxins are poisonous and can cause blistering and irritation of the skin, and can have more severe consequences in greater quantities.

As my daughter pointed out, the photo of the anthers do look like 'Sugar Puffs' don't they.
Ref:
Date:
29/08/09
Location:
Mount Grace Priory
Photographer:
Neil Wolfe