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Sand Buttercup Ranunculus acaulis

Native. Not threatened.


A relative of the Common Buttercup that is found growing in lawns and paddocks, this specialised tiny member of the buttercup family occurs for the most part in sandy or muddy areas.


This species flowers in November or December with flowers finished in days, so you are lucky to see one at all. The first instance of this plant appeared in the Dune Garden in April 2019, and within two years spread over a large area, propagating by fragments floating on the winter waters, to take hold in new areas. Several other small species in the Dune Garden utilise this propagation method as well.

It is also found in Tasmania, Falkland Islands and Chile,


NZPCN-Ranunculus acaulis

iNaturalist-Ranunculus acaulis

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