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Genus Caltha Family Ranunculaceae

Description: Rhizomatous perennial herbs.

Leaves cordate, the basal leaf lobes sometimes elongated and upturned; leaves alternate.

Flowers solitary [or in few-flowered cymes], actinomorphic, bisexual. Tepals 5 or more, petaloid, white or yellow. Stamens 15–25. Carpels nectar-secreting with 2 rows of ovules.

Fruit a group of follicles.


Distribution and occurrence: World: 20–30 species, cold & temperate regions of Northern & Southern Hemispheres. Australia: 2 species (endemic), N.S.W., Vic., Tas.

Text by B. G. Briggs & R. O. Makinson
Taxon concept:

One species in NSW: Caltha introloba

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