Ranunculus acris subsp. acris

Meadow Buttercup

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Variable glabrous or pubescent rhizomatous perennial to 70 cm high. Basal leaves tufted with petioles 3–28 cm long; lamina orbicular to reniform in outline, palmately (3–)5­–7-partite, 3–15 cm diam., glabrous, pilose or hirsute, segments usually 3-lobed, irregularly toothed. Flowers many, on much branched flowering stems; sepals 5, appressed to petals, ovate, pubescent on back; petals 5, spreading, broadly obovate, 6–11 mm long, (5–)8–12 mm wide, golden-yellow, glossy; nectary lobe c. 1mm long, obovate, almost completely free; stamens c. 40–75. Achenes 25–60, ± orbicular, 2–3.5 mm long, weakly biconvex, smooth, margins thickened; beak 0.2–0.5 mm long, straight or curved.   Flowers Oct.–Mar.

*Strz. Also naturalised Tas. Native throughout Eurasia. Currently known from a single infestation in pasture paddock near Poowong in south eastern Victoria. .

Subspecies acris is distinguished by having a shortly creeping rhizome and deeply divided leaves.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2015-02-10
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-12-03
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 acris subsp. acris in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Ranunculus acris subsp. acris in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Strzelecki Ranges present naturalised

State distribution

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