Description of the genus
Annual or perennial herbs with stalked radical leaves and spirally arranged stem leaves, often palmately lobed or divided. Flowers actinomorphic, bisexual, in 1-many-flowered inflorescences. Sepals 3-5, reflexed (in ours). Petals 5 or more, rarely 0, yellow (in ours) each with a
nectar-secreting pit near the base. Stamens numerous. Fruit a head of numerous achenes.
Worldwide: c.600 species in temperate zones and tropical mountains
Other sources of information about Ranunculus:Flora of Mozambique
(electronic Plant Information Center): RanunculusFlora Zambesiaca
web site: RanunculusGoogle
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for RanunculusIPNI
(International Plant Names Index): RanunculusKew Herbarium catalogue
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten and Petra Ballings, 2002-13
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T. & Ballings, P.
. Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Ranunculus.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=582, retrieved 22 May 2013