Ranunculus multifidus Forssk.

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Ranunculus multifidus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Greystone Park NR

Ranunculus multifidus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Greystone Park NR

Ranunculus multifidus

Photo: Bart Wursten
At the bridge of the old power station, Nyahode river, road to Rusitu

Ranunculus multifidus

Photo: Bart Wursten
At the bridge of the old power station, Nyahode river, road to Rusitu

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Synonyms: Ranunculus plebeius sensu Eyles
Ranunculus pubescens Thunb.
Common names: African buttercup (English)
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Perennial herb with stems up to 1 m. The leaves are partly in a basal rosette, 2-pinnate with the ultimate leaflets deeply, irregularly toothed, hairy. Flowers yellow, c. 20 mm in diameter, on a long, branched, mostly leafless, hollow flowering stem.
Derivation of specific name: multifidus: with many branches
Habitat: In wet grassland and on river banks and vlei margins.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 2000 m
Flowering time:Aug - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical and South Africa, Madagascar and Arabia.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 157.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 98.

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Flora of Botswana: Ranunculus multifidus
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Ranunculus multifidus
African Plant Database: Ranunculus multifidus
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Ranunculus multifidus
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Ranunculus multifidus
JSTOR Plant Science: Ranunculus multifidus
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Ranunculus multifidus
Plants of the World Online: Ranunculus multifidus
Tropicos: Ranunculus multifidus
Wikipedia: Ranunculus multifidus

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Ranunculus multifidus.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=123600, retrieved 5 March 2024

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