Ranunculus diminutus B.G.Briggs

Brackish Plains Buttercup

Telopea 5: 583 (1994) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Stoloniferous perennial, mostly 2–5(–c. 10) cm high. Leaves tufted at base; petioles mostly 1–5 cm long; lamina trifoliolate, c. 1–2 cm long and wide, glabrous or sparsely pilose beneath, segments oblong to narrowly elliptic, entire or with 1 or 2 narrow lobes, 1–2.5 mm wide. Flowering stems erect, subequal to leaves, usually 1-flowered; sepals 5 or 6, spreading, ovate to broadly elliptic, 3–5 mm long, glabrous or with a few scattered hairs; petals 5–11, oblong, 3.5–5.5 mm long, 0.5–1.5 mm wide, yellow, glossy; nectary lobe largely fused to petal, obtuse, truncate or shallowly emarginate, c. 0.5 mm long overall; stamens c. 15–30. Achenes usually 10–20, flattened-obovoid, 1–2 mm long, smooth or obscurely wrinkled; beak slender, c. 1 mm long, erect; receptacle hispid between achenes, glabrous or almost so in the staminal zone. Flowers Sep.–Feb.

DunT, HNF, VVP, WaP. Also SA, NSW, Tas. Uncommon to rare in Victoria and recorded only from seasonally wet clay soils fringing Lake Omeo in the east and Lakes Corangamite, Goldsmith and Kennedy in the west (between Colac and Hamilton).

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 diminutus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Ranunculus diminutus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales