Ranunculus scapiger

Hairy Buttercup

Tufted perennial herb with spreading hairs and fibrous roots.

Additional information

  • FamilyRanunculaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Sizeto 40 cm
  • Plant groupingHerbs & Groundcovers <1m
  • LeavesEgg-shaped to triangular leaves 2-7 cm wide, on stalks 5-30 cm long. Basal leaves divided into 3 deep lobes, the segments 3-lobed or toothed.
  • Flower colourGlossy yellow
  • Flowering timeOctober to February
  • FlowersErect branched flowering stems, longer than leaves, with up to 10 5-petalled flowers. Sepals hairy, bent down. Round fruit of 20-50 smooth seeds, beak to 1.2-2 mm, tip short and tightly recoiled.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsOccurs in moist mountain soils in Sassafras. Dappled to full shade.
  • Garden useBright flower for a moist area.
  • Commercially availableNever
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from very few local sites. More common outside the Shire boundary.
  • Related speciesVery similar to Ranunculus plebeius which has a smaller beak on the seed and generally occurs at lower altitudes.
Photographer/s: Neil Blair, Royal Botanic Gardens Board ©

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