Scientific Name:
Ranunculus buchananii Hook.f., Handb. New Zealand Fl. 5 (1864)
  • = Ranunculus buchananii var. latilobus Allan, Trans. Roy. Soc. New Zealand 65: 223 (1935)
Vernacular Name(s):
Cut-leaved alpine buttercup

Tufted perennial; rhizome stout. Stem erect, with silky hairs or almost glabrous, 20–30 cm tall. Lvs 1–2-ternate, fleshy, glaucous, 10–20 cm diam., with silky hairs; lobes toothed or divided. Fls 1–3 per stem, 4–6 cm diam.; pedicels hairy. Sepals spreading, hairy. Petals 15–25, white, linear-oblong; nectary single, 1–2–(4) mm from petal base, naked. Receptacle hairy. Achenes very numerous, not flattened, hairy; body 2–3 mm long; beak straight or curved, 4–6 mm long.

[From: Webb et al. (1988) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 4.]

Indigenous (Endemic)
Allan, H.H. 1935: Notes on New Zealand Floristic Botany, including descriptions of New Species, etc. (No. 6). Transactions of the Royal Society of New Zealand 65: 221–231.
de Lange, P.J.; Rolfe, J.R.; Barkla J.W.; Courtney, S.P.; Champion, P.D.; Perrie, L.R.; Beadel, S.N.; Ford, K.A.; Breitwieser, I.; Schönberger, I.; Hindmarsh-Walls, R.; Heenan, P.B.; Ladley, K. 2018: Conservation status of New Zealand indigenous vascular plants, 2017. New Zealand Threat Classification Series. No. 22. [Declining]
de Lange, P.J.; Rolfe, J.R.; Champion, P.D.; Courtney, S.P.; Heenan, P.B.; Barkla, J.W.; Cameron, E.K.; Norton, D.A.; Hitchmough, R.A. 2013: Conservation status of New Zealand indigenous vascular plants, 2012. New Zealand Threat Classification Series 3. Department of Conservation, Wellington. [Not Threatened]
Garnock-Jones, P.J. 1990: Typification of Ranunculus names in New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Botany 28: 115–123.
Hooker, J.D. 1864: Handbook of the New Zealand Flora: a systematic description of the native plants of New Zealand and the Chatham, Kermadec's, Lord Auckland's, Campbell's and Macquarie's Islands. Part I. Reeve, London.