Ranunculus asiaticus - Turban Buttercup

Phylum: Magnoliophyta - Class: Equisetopsida - Order: Ranunculales - Family: Ranunculaceae

Turban Buttercup

A yellow-flowered Ranunculus asiaticus beside Ophrys lutea, the Yellow Bee Orchid

The beautiful and large flowers of the Turban Buttercup occur can be white, yellow, pink, purple or scarlet. They often grow in large single-coloured colonies although occasionally another colour will appear within the group.

As well as growing wild, these flowers are cultivated, especially the double-flowered varieties. In the wild they grow in grassy and rocky areas and on slopes, in the garrigue, on roadsides and on the edges of cultivated fields.

Ranunculus asiaticus, Crete

The Turban Buttercup blooms from March to May and is found in Karpathos, Crete, southern Greece, Cyprus and the eastern Mediterranean.

Ranunculus asiaticus, pink form

The specimens shown on this page were photographed in Crete.


This page includes pictures kindly contributed by Anne Horsfall.

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