The Lesser Celandine is a member of the buttercup family and like the buttercup its bloom is bright yellow. Celandine flowers are star-shaped with rosettes of glossy dark green, long stalked leaves. They appear in several places on the reserve, the largest clusters being at the top end of the marsh meadow just down from the car park.
As one of the first flowers to appear after winter, lesser celandines provide an important nectar source for queen bumblebees and other pollinators emerging from hibernations, as well as other early insects. Its appearance in late February, around the same time that swallows usually arrive, has given the flower its name - chelidonia being the Latin name for swallow.
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