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Dichosciadium ranunculaceum (F.Muell.) Domin
Family Apiaceae
Dichosciadium ranunculaceum (F.Muell.) Domin APNI*

Synonyms: Azolla dichopetala Benth. APNI*
Dichopetalum ranunculaceum F.Muell. APNI*
Dichopetalum ranunculaceum F.Muell. APNI*

Description: Perennial herb, with a basal rosette 10–20 cm diam., bristly with stiff spreading hairs; taproot has a parsnip-like smell when fresh.

Leaves ± circular or obovate in outline, 11–24 mm long, 12–24 mm wide, often sparsely hispid, 3–7-lobed, the lobes deeply and irregularly incised-crenate; base broad-cuneate or rounded; petiole 2.7–7 cm long.

Umbels usually 3–7-flowered; peduncle hispid, 3.5–4.5 cm long; bracts narrow-oblong, to 11 mm long; pedicels 8–20 mm long. Sepals and petals 2.5–3 mm long, white.

Fruit elliptic, 2.5–7 mm long, the mericarps with outer faces flattened.

Photo D. Hardin

Flowering: January–February

Distribution and occurrence: Forms extensive patches in herbfield and bog at 1800–2200 m alt., south from Kosciusko district.
NSW subdivisions: ST
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas.
AVH map***

Text by J. M. Powell, except for genera with authors listed
Taxon concept:

N.S.W. occurrences are: var. ranunculaceum

APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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