Common name: Gunn's Alpine Buttercup
Ranunculus gunnianus Hook. APNI*
Description: Perennial, densely pilose to almost glabrous and with short thick creeping rootstock.
Flowering stems unbranched, 1–10 c. (rarely to 18 cm) high.
Leaves 8–45 mm long; petiole 5–15 cm long. Flowers 20–45 mm diam. Petals 5–11 or rarely more, obovate or narrow-oblong with cuneate base, 12–20 mm long, 3–9 mm wide, apex obtuse or truncate, outer surface tinged with purple.
Achenes 45–80, 2–2.8 mm long, sides smooth, marginal ridge not prominent, beak 1.2–2 mm long, straight or incurved.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in moist subalpine and alpine herbfield and grassland of Kosciusko plateau.
NSW subdivisions: ST
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas.
Text by B. G. Briggs & R. O. Makinson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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