Ranunculus repens L.

Creeping Buttercup

Sp. Pl. 554 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Variable glabrous or pubescent stoloniferous perennial to c. 50 cm high. Basal leaves tufted with petioles to c. 30 cm long or more; lamina c. deltoid in outline, trifoliolate, to 12 cm diam., glabrous or pilose, sometimes slightly variegated, segments variously toothed or further divided. Inflorescence a cymose panicle or a solitary flower; sepals 5, spreading, ovate; petals 5, spreading, broadly obovate to orbicular, 6–15 mm long, 5–10 mm wide, yellow, glossy; nectary lobe largely free, broad-cuneate to obovate, 1–2 mm long. Achenes usually 20–40, broadly elliptic, c. 3 mm long, minutely pitted on sides; beak c. 1 mm long, slightly curved; receptacle hispid. Flowers most of year.

*CVU, *EGL, *EGU, *GipP, *Glep, *Gold, *HNF, *HSF, *MuF, *NIS, *OtP, *OtR, *SnM, *Strz, *VAlp, *VRiv, *VVP, *WaP. Also naturalised SA, Qld, NSW, Tas. Native to Europe and western Asia. Locally common in cooler, chiefly southern areas of the State, occurring in ditches, on roadsides and in disturbed, moist shaded forests. Often growing to the exclusion of other herbaceous species.

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 repens in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Ranunculus repens in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Murray Fans present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Warrnambool Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present naturalised
East Gippsland Uplands present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised
Otway Ranges present naturalised
Strzelecki Ranges present naturalised
Victorian Alps present naturalised
Snowy Mountains present naturalised

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory