L., Syst. Nat. edn 10:1087 (1759).
Synonymy: Not Applicable
Common name: Small-flowered buttercup.
Annual, 10-40 cm high; stems branched, spreading, ascending, furrowed, with long soft spreading hairs; basal leaves long-petiolate, blades orbicular-reniform, palmately 3-lobed, lobes with coarse blunt teeth, with long soft spreading hairs above and below and on the petioles; stem-leaves similar but 3-5-lobed with the lobes and teeth narrower and the petioles shorter, the uppermost leaf-blades narrow-lanceolate, often entire and almost sessile.
Flowers all pedicellate, 4-7 mm diam., leaf-opposed; pedicels furrowed, when fruiting to 28 mm (the upper 5-15 mm) long, with soft spreading hairs; Sepals 5, ultimately reflexed, densely pilose on the back; petals 2-5, ovate, 2-3 mm long, shortly clawed, pale-yellow, the 3 primary veins all once or twice forked; nectary about one-third of the petal length above the base; stamens 5-8.
Achenes few, lenticular, roundish-ovate, 2.5-3 mm diam., not or shortly stipitate, with a narrow green margin and reddish-brown faces covered with numerous short conical tubercles, each ending in a short hooked hair; beak very short, curved; torus glabrous.
Image source: fig 197g in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).|
Ross-Craig (1948) Drawings Brit. Pl. 1:pl. 33.
S.Aust.: SL, SE. N.S.W. (Lord Howe Island); Vic. Native to the Mediterranean region.
Flowering time: Nov. (1 record).
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