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Creeping buttercup

Ranunculus repens
has low creeping stems (stolons) with leaves that are divided into 3 distinct lobes. Flowers are similar to those of meadow buttercup, but they tend to be larger, brighter and less numerous per stem.
Soil moisture tolerances: 
It is found on sites with 10-20 weeks dry soil per year and 10-20 weeks wet soil per year.
Soil fertility tolerances: 
Can tolerate sites with a high fertility (>25 mg P/kg or P index 3 or above).
Suitability for floodplain living: 
Creeping buttercup can be an invasive weed, producing many stolons (horizontal stems) that enable it to ‘creep’ across a site. It is successful in damp conditions where fertility is high. If it is a problem, then there may be a need to improve surface drainage or alleviate soil compaction.
Further information: 

Click here for a link to the online Atlas of the British and Irish Flora with details of the plant ecology, distribution, photos and habitats: https://www.brc.ac.uk/plantatlas/plant/ranunculus-repens

Link to information from the Natural History Museum: