Giant, great mountain or Mount Cook buttercup, Mount Cook lily
ranunculus: From the Latin ‘rana’ frog, meaning little frog and probably refers to the plants typical marshy habit where frogs abound
lyallii: Named after David Lyall (1817-1895), 19th century Scottish naturalist and surgeon with the Royal Navy, who explored Antarctica, New Zealand, the Arctic and North America and was a lifelong friend of Sir Joseph Hooker.
Vascular – Native
Dicotyledonous Herbs other than Composites
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2n = 48
Current conservation status
The conservation status of all known New Zealand vascular plant taxa at the rank of species and below were reassessed in 2017 using the New Zealand Threat Classification System (NZTCS). This report includes a statistical summary and brief notes on changes since 2012 and replaces all previous NZTCS lists for vascular plants. Authors: By Peter J. de Lange, Jeremy R. Rolfe, John W. Barkla, Shannel P. Courtney, Paul D. Champion, Leon R. Perrie, Sarah M. Beadel, Kerry A. Ford, Ilse Breitwieser, Ines Schönberger, Rowan Hindmarsh-Walls, Peter B. Heenan and Kate Ladley.
2012 | Not Threatened
Previous conservation statuses
2009 | Not Threatened
2004 | Not Threatened
Endemic to South and Stewart island.
Apparently confined to montane and subalpine herbfield and creek sides.
October - January
November - March
Vulnerable to browsing mammals, in particular hares, chamois, deer and tahr.
An early English common name for this plant ‘Mount Cook Lily’ refers perhaps to the practice of naming any plants with large white flowers lilies regardless of what family they belong to.
The name Mount Cook lily is misguiding as this plant is not confined to the Aoraki/Mount Cook area nor is it a lily.