Common name: Pale Hairy Buttercup
Ranunculus sardous Crantz APNI*
Description: Variably pubescent tufted annual to c. 60 cm high.
Basal leaves with petioles c. 5–25 mm long; lamina broadly ovateto deltoid in outline, 3 lobed to trifoliolate, c. 2–6 cm long and wide, the middle segment often distant from the lateral pair, all segments usually obtusely toothed or further divided.
Flowers few to many in a terminal cyme or dichasium; sepals 5, reflexed, ovate, 4–7 mm long, pilose on back, petals 5, spreading, ovate, 6–11 mm long, 4–7 mm wide, pale yellow, glossy, nectary lobe obovate to cuneate, free from base, c. 1 mm long.
Achenes usually 20–50, almost circular, 2–3 mm diameter, flat, usually with scattered low tubercles near the margins or smooth; beak c. 0.5 mm long, upcurved, receptacle hispid.
Distribution and occurrence: Native to Europe. Naturalised in NSW, Vic and Tas.
Seasonally abundant in irrigated and or swamp/lowlands.
NSW subdivisions: *CT
Other Australian states: *Vic. *Tas.
Text by B.M. Wiecek
Taxon concept: Flora of Victoria Vol.3, 1996:44.
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