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COMMON MEADOW-RUE Thalictrum flavum (Ranunculaceae) Height to 1m. Upright perennial of damp meadows, ditches and fens; favours basic soils. FLOWERS have small petals that drop, but showy, yellow anthers; borne in dense clusters (Jun-Aug). FRUITS are dry and papery. LEAVES are fern-like and pinnately divided 2 or 3 times into toothed lobes. STATUS-Widespread but local, common only in S and E.