Ranunculus glabrifolius Hook.

Shining Buttercup

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

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Stoloniferous perennial to c. 30 cm high. Leaves mainly or entirely tufted at base; petioles 3–15 cm long; lamina trifoliolate to palmate, c. deltoid to circular in outline, 1–5 cm long and wide, glabrous or with a few appressed hairs, segments c. cuneate, toothed at apex or further lobed to c. midway. Flowering stems erect, exceeding leaves, 1–3-flowered; sepals 5, spreading, ovate, 4–8 mm long, appressedly hairy on back; petals 5–15, obovate, 7–10 mm long, 3–5 mm wide, yellow, glossy; nectary lobe largely fused to petal and forming a narrow pocket, truncate, emarginate or concave at apex, 0.5–1 mm long overall; stamens c. 30–40. Achenes usually 15–20, obliquely obovate to cuneate, 2–3 mm long, with 1–4 broad oblique to longitudinal ridges on sides; beak slender, curved, c. 1.5 mm long; receptacle glabrous or sparsely hispid. Flowers Sep.–Jan.

CVU, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, HNF, HSF, MonT, NIS, OtP, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VVP, WaP, Wim. Also SA, Tas. Widespread but not common, on and south of the Great Dividing Range. Occurring on damp ground in depressions or beside watercourses.

Very like R. papulentus (a species of more restricted occurrence) and able to be distinguished confidently only in the presence of mature achenes.

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
Hero image
Distribution map
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 glabrifolius in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Ranunculus glabrifolius in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

Distribution map
South Australia
Australian Capital Territory