Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae

Ranunculaceae - Buttercup family

Exell, A.W. & Milne-Redhead, E. (1960) Ranunculaceae FZ 1(1)

Description of the family

Annual or perennial herbs with radical and alternate or spiral leaves (Knowltonia, Ranunculus and Thalictrum), or shrublets or woody climbers with opposite or whorled leaves (Clematis (including Clematopsis)). Stipules present or 0. Leaves simple or compound. Inflorescences usually terminal and 1-many-flowered. Flowers hypogynous, usually bisexual and actinomorphic; sometimes polygamous or dioecious. Sepals free, often petaloid. Petals free, sometimes 0. Stamens numerous. Carpels 1-many, usually free. Fruit usually composed of 1 or more follicles or a cluster of achenes.

Worldwide: 62 genera and 2,450 species, temperate and boreal.

Zimbabwe: 4 genera and 14 taxa.

Ranunculus multifidus

More sample images from the Ranunculaceae (Click on each image to see a larger version and details of the record)

Anemone transvaalensis

Anemone transvaalensis

Anemone transvaalensis

Anemone transvaalensis

Clematis brachiata

Clematis brachiata

Clematis villosa subsp. stanleyi

Clematis villosa subsp. stanleyi

Thalictrum rhynchocarpum

Thalictrum rhynchocarpum

Links to genera:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this family

GenusContent
Anemone L.Description, Image
Clematis L.Description, Image
Ranunculus L.Description, Image
Thalictrum L.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Ranunculaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Ranunculaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Ranunculaceae
Flora of Zambia: Ranunculaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Ranunculaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Zimbabwe: Family page: Ranunculaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=192, retrieved 21 August 2014

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