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Family: Ranunculaceae
Ranunculus repens

Citation: L., Sp. Pl. 554 (1753).

Synonymy: Not Applicable

Common name: Creeping buttercup.

Perennial herb, 15-60 cm high, with long strong roots; stem ascending or erect with strong leafy above-ground stolons which root at the nodes, more or less hairy to glabrous; basal leaves petiolate, glabrous or pubescent, very variable; blades triangular-ovate, ternate with more or less petiolulate segments (the middle segment usually with a distinctly longer stalk then the lateral ones), segments broad-ovate, further dissected, irregularly toothed; stem leaves similar but less divided, with simple narrow entire segments, the uppermost sessile.

Pedicels furrowed, more or less pubescent; flowers 2-3 cm diam.; sepals 5, ovate, appressed or spreading, pubescent outside; petals broad-obovate, 6-12 mm long, glossy; nectary near the base, with a broad often emarginate lobe.

Achenes numerous, roundish, 2.5-3.5 mm long, 2-3 mm wide, strongly laterally compressed, glabrous, very finely punctulate, distinctly margined; beak c. 1 mm long, straight or curved; torus hispid.

image of FSA1_Ranunculus_rep.jpg Ranunculus repens
Image source: fig 198d in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).

Published illustration: Ross-Craig (1948) Drawings Brit. Pl. 1:pl. 30.

Distribution:  Introduced to Australia probably as a garden ornamental.

S.Aust.: NL, SL, SE.   N.S.W.; Vic.; Tas.   Native to Eurasia.

Conservation status: naturalised

Flowering time: Oct. — Dec.

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Biology: No text

Author: Not yet available

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