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Ranunculus lappaceus

Common or Australian Buttercup

Hairy, tufted perennial herb with fibrous roots.

Additional information

  • FamilyRanunculaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size10-60 cm x 15 cm
  • Plant groupingHerbs & Groundcovers <1m
  • LeavesEgg-shaped to triangular leaves 1.5-6 cm wide, on stalks 5-30 cm long. Basal leaves divided into 3 deep lobes, the segments further lobed or toothed. Stem leaves are narrower and less divided.
  • Flower colourGlossy yellow
  • Flowering timeSeptember to December
  • FlowersErect branched flowering stems, longer than leaves, with 2-10 5-petalled flowers. Sepals hairy, spreading. Round fruit of 20-50 smooth seeds, beak 1-2 mm, arching with tip shortly curled down.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatYes
  • Growing conditionsMoist draining soils in grassy forests of foothills and mountains. Frost tolerant. Full sun to semi-shade.
  • Garden useBright flower for a moist position in a bog garden, beside watercourses or pool.
  • Commercially availableIndigenous nursery
  • Conservation statusLocally common within its preferred growing conditions
Photographer/s: 1, 2, 4, 5 Peter Kinchington ©; 3 Marilyn Bull ©

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