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Caltha palustris

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The name Caltha derives from the Greek word calathos meaning a cup or goblet, and refers to the shape of the flowers. The specific name comes from the Latin word palus meaning a marsh.This welcome early flush of cheer is reflected in the large number of colloquial names it has attracted, including kingcup, mollyblobs, water-bubbles, and may blobs, although it may flower as early as March or April.It is an early pollen source for a variety of insects, and provides good shelter for frogs and other pondside creatures.

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  • Posted: Sun. 7th June 2009 09:24