Taxonomy

Cardamine pratensis | Cuckooflower | Biolar gréagháin

Distribution

Status

Conservation status


Legal status


Native status

Native

First reported in the wild


NAPRA Ireland risk assessed


Species Biology

Identification

  • Flowers from April until June
  • Flowers have four overlapping petals that are normally pale pink in colour
  • The basal leaves are round/oval and in a loose rosette
  • The stem leaves are very narrow with lots of leaflets

Cuckooflower is the larval food plant of the Orange-tip butterfly

Preferred environment


Adult habitat & habits


Diet


Ecology


Habitat

Damp meadows or lawns, marshes, riverbanks

Flight period


Life stages


Reproduction


Life cycle


Food plants


Threats faced


Conservation actions


Nesting biology


Flowers visited


Ex-situ conservation


Use


Vegetative nature


Irish reference specimens


Determination


Pathway and vector description


Management approach


Habitat description


Similar species


Distribution

World distribution(GBIF)


Irish distribution


Distribution frequency in Ireland


Native distribution


Temporal change

Temporal change


Records submitted to Data Centre in 2020

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How can you help

This species is included in our spring flowering plants project. If you see the species please submit your sighting. All information is very valuable.

Full list of species included in the spring flowering plants project:

  1. Bluebell
  2. Common Dog-violet
  3. Cowslip
  4. Early Dog-violet
  5. Early-purple Orchid
  6. Lady’s smock (Cuckooflower)
  7. Lesser Celandine
  8. Lords-and Ladies
  9. Primrose
  10. Toothwort
  11. Wild Garlic
  12. Winter Heliotrope
  13. Wood Anemone
  14. Wood Sorrel
  15. Coltsfoot
  16. Three-cornered Garlic

Further information

This species is included in the spring flowering plants project which is a collaboration between the National Biodiversity Data Centre and the BSBI. It is hoped we can collect valuable data to improve our knowledge of the current distribution of some common plants. All data will be fully validated by both partners before loading to Biodiversity Maps and being made available to the BSBI.

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