Ranunculus parviflorus L.

Small-flower Buttercup

Syst. Nat.:, edn 10, 1087 (1759) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Softly hairy annual, stems spreading to erect, 15–30 cm long. Basal leaves more or less rosetted, orbicular to reniform, 3-lobed or subentire, margins variably toothed, 1–3 cm diam.; petioles mostly 2–5 cm long. Flowers 5–7 mm diam., shortly pedicellate in axils or in short terminal cymes, pedicels elongating (to c. 3 cm) in fruit; sepals 5, ovate, c. 2 mm long, pilose on back, reflexed; petals 2–5, ovate to obovate, slightly exceeding sepals, yellow; nectary attached c. one-third from base of petal, lobe c. 0.4 mm long, ovate, free above midway; stamens 5–8. Achenes usually 6–15, c. orbicular, 2.5–3 mm long overall, lenticular, the faces more or less evenly covered with small tubercles each having a short hooked bristle at its apex; beak triangular or hooked at apex, c. 0.5 mm long; receptacle glabrous. Flowers Nov.–Dec.

*CVU, *EGU, *GipP, *Gold, *HNF, *HSF, *NIS, *OtR, *Strz, *VRiv, *VVP. Also SA, NSW, Tas. Native to the Mediterranean region. Uncommon in Victoria and recorded only from Kennett River, Enfield, Glenlyon, Cottles bridge, Beechworth, Walhalla, Foster and Buchan areas (all post-1950).

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

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales