Adonis microcarpa DC.

Pheasants-eye Adonis

Syst. Nat. 1: 223 (1817) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Erect glabrous annual to c. 50 cm high; leaves petiolate below, subsessile above, broadly obovate in outline, to 6 cm long, 4 cm wide, bi- or tripinnate with ultimate segments linear, to c. 4 mm long, 1 mm wide. Flowers solitary, terminal at the ends of branches, on an elongated peduncle c. 1–5 cm long; sepals purplish, 5–12 mm long, spreading to reflexed; petals (5–)6–8(–10), suberect to widely spreading, red or yellow with a black basal blotch, obovate, 7–12 mm long; stamens numerous, c. 5 mm long, anthers dark purple, c. 1 mm long; carpels 10–50. Achenes plump, obovoid to c. triangular in outline, c. 3 mm long, with lateral reticulate ridges, and an ascending terminal beak c. 1 mm long; receptacle elongating as achenes mature, finally to c. 2 cm long. Flowers Sep.–Oct.

*Glep, *MuM, *Wim. Naturalised all States except NT and ACT. Known in Victoria from only 5 collections or reports of infestations (Dimboola, Jeparit area, Lindsay, west from Casterton, and Horsham district). Apparently associated with cereal crops, and open areas around Lake Hindmarsh.

The names Adonis autumnalis L., A. annua L. and A. aestivalis L. have been incorrectly applied to Australian material as indicated by Kloot (1976).

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, 2020-02-21

Kloot, P.M. (1976). The species of Adonis L naturalized in Australia. , Muelleria 3(3): 199-207.

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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Ranunculanae
order Ranunculales
family Ranunculaceae
genus Adonis
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Adonis microcarpa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Adonis microcarpa in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present introduced
Wimmera present naturalised
Glenelg Plain present naturalised

State distribution

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