Ranunculus ophioglossifolius Vill.

Hist. Pl. Dauphiné 3: 731 (1789) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Suberect glabrous annual to c. 50 cm high; stems pithy, often rooting from lower nodes. Leaves mostly cauline; petioles of lower leaves to c. 10 cm long, upper leaves shortly petiolate to sessile; lamina ovate to narrowly elliptic, 1.5–6 cm long, 3–20 mm wide; margins entire or obscurely toothed. Flowers several to many in cymes or dichasia; sepals usually 4 or 5, spreading, ovate to obovate, 2–4 mm long, glabrous and yellowish; petals as many as sepals or fewer, spathulate, usually shortly exceeding sepals, yellow; nectary lobe rounded, c. 0.2 mm long, fused only at base; stamens c. 6–10; achenes 20–50, ovate, 2–3 mm long, lenticular, the faces with numerous small tubercles; beak triangular, c. 0.5–1 mm long. Flowers Sep.–Dec.

*GipP, *VVP, *WaP. Also SA. Native to southern Europe. Known from a few lowland swamps west of Melbourne (Portland, Snake Valley, Ballarat, Deer Park) where growing chiefly with native sedges and grasses.

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 ophioglossifolius in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Ranunculus ophioglossifolius in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Warrnambool Plain present naturalised

State distribution

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South Australia