Ranunculus gunnianus Hook.

Gunn's Alpine Buttercup

J. Bot. (Hooker) 1: 243 (1834) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Deeply rhizomatous perennial, to c. 25 cm high. Leaves all tufted at base, with few to many fine, semi-appressed hairs; petioles 5–18 cm long; lamina 3–8 cm long, pinnately divided into numerous semi-terete segments, 1–4 cm long, c. 1 mm wide, each with a small apical gland. Flowering stems erect, shortly exceeding leaves, 1-flowered; sepals 5–7, spreading, obovate to oblong, 6–15 mm long, wholly glabrous, or hairy on back, often tinged purple; petals 5–13, obovate to oblong, 10–25 mm long, 4–10 mm wide, yellow, glossy, sometimes veined purplish on underside; nectaries 3–7 per petal, lobeless, appearing as small circular or elongate pits near base; stamens numerous. Achenes c. 20–60, plump, obovoid, c. 2.5 mm long, smooth; beak rather stout, 1–1.5 mm long, straight or slightly curved; receptacle glabrous. Flowers Oct.–Feb.

HNF, SnM, VAlp. Also NSW, Tas. Locally common in damp grassland, herbfield and bogs throughout the higher alps (e.g. Mts Howitt, Wellington, Buller, Buffalo, Hotham, Cobberas, and the Bogong High Plains), and at lower altitude on the Baw Baws.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1996). Ranunculaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-12-03
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Ranunculanae
order Ranunculales
family Ranunculaceae
genus Ranunculus
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Ranunculus gunnianus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Ranunculus gunnianus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

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New South Wales