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Photographed just around the bend on my road, Ste. Rita, Manitoba.
Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi; 17-85mm lens

June 27?12

April 18/12
Featured in Wildflowers of North America – October 15, 2009
Featured in Endangered Plants – June 12, 2009

Caltha palustris commonly known as Kingcup or Marsh Marigold belongs to the Ranunculaceae (buttercup family). It is native to temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere (Europe including Iceland and Arctic Russia, temperate and Arctic Asia, and North America). It grows in wet, boggy places, such as marshes, fens, ditches and wet woods. It becomes most luxuriant in partial shade, but is rare on peat. In the UK, it is probably one of the most ancient British native plants, surviving the glaciations and flourishing after the last retreat of the ice, in a landscape inundated with glacial meltwaters.

The plant is a herbaceous perennial growing to 80 cm tall. The leaves are rounded to kidney-shaped, 3-20 cm across, with a bluntly serrated margin and a thick, waxy texture. Stems are hollow. The flowers are yellow, 2-5 cm diameter, with 4-9 (mostly 5) petaloid sepals and many yellow stamens; they are borne in early spring to late summer. The flowers are visited by a great variety of insects for pollen and for the nectar secreted from small depressions, one on each side of each carpel. Carpels form into green sac-like follicles to 1cm long, each opening to release several seeds. It flowers early April and May and is very valuable to insects at this time as they provide nectar and pollen to them.

Caltha palustris is a highly polymorphic species, showing continuous and independent variation in many features. Forms in the UK may be divided into two subspecies: Caltha palustris subsp. palustris, and Caltha palustris subsp. minor.

It is sometimes considered a weed in clayey garden soils, where every piece of its root will survive and spread. In warm free-draining soils, it simply dies away.
Caltha palustris flowers

As is the case with many members of the Ranunculaceae, all parts of the plant can be irritant or poisonous. Skin rashes and dermatitis have been reported from excessive handling of the plant.
Marsh-marigolds are in decline as agricultural land continues to be drained.
[Assessed on the internet June 6, 2009]

Self taught photographer enjoying retirement in travel and meeting fellow members of Redbubble.

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  • Leslie van de Ligt
    Leslie van de ...over 5 years ago

    Lovely image Sis. One of my favorite spring flowers for sure. Hugs Leslie

  • thank you sis, snapped these just today……..

    – Vickie Emms

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 5 years ago

    How sad if these fade from the world, the are reminders of childhood. Great description as usual and a lovely photo

  • I know Mik; I was very surprised to see that part in the infom but must be so. We still have many here, but our kid’s kids might not have any left in the future. Glad you like them, thank you for stopping in.

    – Vickie Emms

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconover 5 years ago

    Awesome capture Vickie!! Beautifully done and perfect number “2”!!

  • thank you Blair! I wondered if you would catch on, so happy you like it, I always appreciate your comments.

    – Vickie Emms

  • Teresa Zieba
    Teresa Ziebaover 5 years ago

    Oh my, we were looking for them in Birds Hill Park today. Didn’t find any yet. I guess we should drive to your place instead to get some decent shots, lol!!!
    Gorgeous capture hon.

  • thank you hon, yes there are tons our here. Even in Whiteshell last weekend, but these are around the bend here right at home and so huge! Just go south a bit and head east around the bend when you come out, you can’t miss them.

    – Vickie Emms

  • Virginia N. Fred
    Virginia N. Fredover 5 years ago

    How pretty, and the information is wonderful, I am glad you added it, well done…gina

  • Thank you very much Gina

    – Vickie Emms

  • weskats
    weskatsover 5 years ago

    Beautiful …..stunning yellow capture!

  • thank you Kathy, much appreciated hearing from you hon

    – Vickie Emms

  • Smudger
    Smudgerover 5 years ago

    this is wonderful

  • thank you very much Steve, I hear they are popular in England; I love them and hope they don’t disappear in the future

    – Vickie Emms

  • Smudger
    Smudgerover 5 years ago

    loads and loads of them over here – we’ll export you some

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 5 years ago

    Featured in Endangered Plants Group

  • maxy
    maxyabout 5 years ago

    Wow!!! Now that’s what I call yellow!!! Fantastic color!!! Huge congratulations on your feature.. spectacular work!! xoxo!

  • thanks very much Maxy

    – Vickie Emms

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