Anemone palmata - Palmate Anemone - Yellow Anemone (Ranunculaceae)

Bright yellow daisy-like flowers seem to be a special feature of the springtime explosion of wildflowers in the Algarve region of Portugal, but unlike Crown Daisies (Chrysanthemum coronarium) Anemone palmata, which is actually a member of the Buttercup family (Ranunculaceae), is more selective about its habitat, preferring moister ground.

Anemone palmata

Above - Anemone palmata grows in dense pine needles in open woodland in the Algarve

From March to May Anemone palmata can be found in damp pockets in rocky ground, on grassy slopes and in open positions in woodland. A good distintuishing feature are the rounded, lobed leaves which are so unlike those of many of the daisies that appear in the same region and at the same time of year.

This lovely wildflower is common in southern Europe and occurs in Spain, Portugal, southern France, Sardinia and Sicily.

The plants photographed on this page were found in the Algarve in April.