Ranunculus sardous Crantz

Pale Hairy Buttercup

Stirp. Austr. Fasc. 2: 84 (1763) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Variably pubescent tufted annual to c. 60 cm high. Basal leaves with petioles c. 5–25 cm long; lamina broadly ovate to deltoid in outline, 3-lobed to trifoliolate, c. 2–6 cm long and wide, the middle segment often rather distant from the lateral pair, all segments usually obtusely toothed or further divided. Flowers few to many in a terminal cyme or dichasium; sepals 5, reflexed, ovate, 4–7 mm long, pilose on back; petals 5, spreading, obovate, 6–11 mm long, 4–7 mm wide, pale yellow, glossy; nectary lobe obovate to cuneate, free above base, c. 1 mm long. Achenes usually 20–50, almost circular, 2–3 mm diam., flat, usually with scattered low tubercles near the margins or smooth; beak c. 0.5 mm long, upcurved; receptacle hispid. Flowers Oct.–Jan.

*CVU, *EGL, *GipP, *Glep, *HSF, *VRiv. Also naturalised SA, Tas. Native to Europe. Seasonally abundant in irrigated and/or swampy lowlands mainly in the east (e.g. Foster, Maffra, Orbost districts).

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 sardous in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Ranunculus sardous in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain present introduced
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales