Ranunculus trilobatus Kirk non Kit. ex Schlecht.
Vascular – Native
Herbs - Dicotyledons other than Composites
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2n = 32
Current conservation status
The threat classification 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) – more information about this can be found on the NZTCS website 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. Please note, threat classifications are often suggested by authors when publications fall between NZTCS assessment periods – a suggested threat classification status has not been assessed by the NZTCS panel.
2017 | Threatened – Nationally Vulnerable | Qualifiers: DP, Sp
Previous conservation statuses
2012 | Threatened – Nationally Vulnerable | Qualifiers: DP, EF, Sp
2009 | At Risk – Naturally Uncommon
2004 | Threatened – Nationally Vulnerable
Endemic. North and South Islands. Known from two sites in the North Island (Erua, Makirikiri Tarns). In the South known from NW Nelson, Canterbury, Otago and Southland.
Damp sites in forest, scrub and tussock grassland. Often associated with base-rich rocks and substrates.
Wetland plant indicator status rating
FACW: Facultative Wetland
Usually is a hydrophyte but occasionally found in uplands (non-wetlands).
Diminutive, tufted, perennial stoloniferous herb forming diffuse to dense colonies. Leaves (1)-2-ternate, leaflets 91-)2-5(-10) mm diam., long-stalked, entire or ternatifid, sparsely hairy. Flowers leaf-opposed, solitary, 3-4 mm diam., produced from stolons. Pedicels very short, sparsely hairy. Sepals spreading, hairy. Petals 5, yellow, lanceolate or narrow-obovate; nectary single, 1 mm from petal base. covered by small, round scale. receptacle hairy. Achenes (seeds) 5-15(-20), flattened, glabrous, beak curved, 0.5 mm long.
October to January (but sporadic flowering may occur throughout the year)
November to April
Very easily grown from fresh seed and division of mature plants. However, plants are difficult to maintain, and are very prone to sudden collapse and are often afflicted with powdery mildew
Threatened throughout its range by competition from weeds, and habitat loss.
ranunculus: From the Latin ‘rana’ frog, meaning little frog and probably refers to the plants typical marshy habit where frogs abound
Where To Buy
Not commercially available.
Fact Sheet prepared for NZPCN by P.J. de Lange (1 February 2008). Description based on Webb et al. (1988).
References and further reading
Webb C.J., Sykes W.R., Garnock-Jones P.J. 1988: Flora of New Zealand. Volume IV. Botany Division, DSIR, Christchurch.
NZPCN Fact Sheet citation
Please cite as: de Lange, P.J. (Year at time of access): Ranunculus ternatifolius Fact Sheet (content continuously updated). New Zealand Plant Conservation Network. https://www.nzpcn.org.nz/flora/species/ranunculus-ternatifolius/ (Date website was queried)