Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Ranunculales

Ranunculaceae - Buttercup family

Exell, A.W. & Milne-Redhead, E. (1960) Ranunculaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1)

Description of the family

Annual or perennial herbs with radical and alternate or spiral leaves (Knowltonia, Ranunculus and Thalictrum), or shrublets or woody climbers with opposite or whorled leaves (Clematis (including Clematopsis)). Stipules present or 0. Leaves simple or compound. Inflorescences usually terminal and 1-many-flowered. Flowers hypogynous, usually bisexual and actinomorphic; sometimes polygamous or dioecious. Sepals free, often petaloid. Petals free, sometimes 0. Stamens numerous. Carpels 1-many, usually free. Fruit usually composed of 1 or more follicles or a cluster of achenes.

Worldwide: 62 genera and 2,450 species, temperate and boreal.

Zambia: 4 genera and 13 taxa.

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Clematis L.Description
Delphinium L.Description, Image
Ranunculus L.Description
Thalictrum L.Description

Other sources of information about Ranunculaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Ranunculaceae
Flora of Caprivi: Ranunculaceae
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Ranunculaceae
Flora of Malawi: Ranunculaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Ranunculaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Ranunculaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Ranunculaceae

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Ranunculaceae
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Ranunculaceae
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Ranunculaceae
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Ranunculaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Ranunculaceae
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Ranunculaceae
JSTOR Plant Science: Ranunculaceae
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Ranunculaceae
Wikipedia: Ranunculaceae
Plants of the World Online: Ranunculaceae
Tropicos: Ranunculaceae

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Family page: Ranunculaceae.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=192, retrieved 18 April 2024

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