Ranunculus pumilio var. pumilio

Ferny Small-flower Buttercup

Spreading to erect densely hairy annual herb.

Additional information

  • FamilyRanunculaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size5-30 cm high
  • Plant groupingHerbs & Groundcovers <1m
  • LeavesJuvenile leaves have 3-5 broad lobes, adult leaves 3-5-lobed, lobes divided into narrow pointed segments 1-4 cm long, on stalks 1-7 cm long.
  • Flower colourPale yellow-green
  • Flowering timeSeptember to January
  • FlowersTiny flowers with 2-4 petals, shorter than sepals, stalkless or shortly stalked. 5 sepals hairy on back. Round fruit of 10-20 biconvex seeds with warty based hairs, tiny hooked beak.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsWell drained soils, germinates following spring rains. Semi shade to dappled shade.
  • Garden useSmall shortly lived buttercup for little gardens.
  • Commercially availableNo information available
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from very few local sites. More common scattered throughout Victoria.
Photographer/s: Neil Blair, Royal Botanic Gardens Board ©

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