Ranunculus plebeius R.Br. ex DC.

Forest Buttercup

Syst. Nat. 1: 228 (1817) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Perennial with fibrous roots, to c. 80 (commonly to 40) cm high. Leaves mostly tufted at base; petioles 5–30 cm long, with fine spreading hairs; lamina deltoid to ovate in outline, 2–7 cm long and wide, variably covered with semi-appressed to spreading hairs, 3-lobed to trifoliolate, the segments prominently toothed to ternately lobed. Flowering stems erect, exceeding leaves, with spreading and/or appressed hairs, usually branched with up to 10 (rarely more) flowers; sepals 5, reflexed, ovate to elliptic, 2–6 mm long, hairy on back; petals 5, obovate, 5–10 mm long, 2–4 mm wide, yellow, glossy; nectary lobe rounded, 0.5–1 mm long; stamens c. 10–25. Achenes usually 20–50, obovate, lenticular, 2–3 mm long, smooth on sides, sometimes with a row of stiff appressed hairs along the dorsal margin; beak strongly curved, 0.5–1 mm long; receptacle hispid between achenes, glabrous in the staminal zone. Flowers Oct.–Feb.

CVU, EGL, EGU, GipP, HFE, HNF, HSF, MonT, OtR, Strz, VAlp, VVP. Also Qld, NSW, ACT. In Victoria occurring mainly in moist forested situations in foothills and lowlands of the east, but exact range uncertain due to confusion of records with R. scapiger.

Exceedingly close to R. scapiger which may be better recognized as an infraspecific taxon within R. plebeius.

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 plebeius in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Ranunculus plebeius in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory