Ranunculus biternatus

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Antarctic buttercup
From Illustrations of the flowering plants and ferns of the Falkland Islands
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Order: Ranunculales
Family: Ranunculaceae
Genus: Ranunculus
R. biternatus
Binomial name
Ranunculus biternatus
  • Batrachium biternatum (Sm.) Bercht. & J.Presl
  • Casalea biternata (Sm.) A.St.-Hil.
  • Ranunculus commersonii DC. ex Poir.
  • Ranunculus exiguus d'Urv.
  • Ranunculus montteanus Phil.

Ranunculus biternatus, the Antarctic buttercup,[2] is a plant in the buttercup family Ranunculaceae. It is native to southern South America and some subantarctic islands.



Ranunculus biternatus grows as a forb. The leaves are mid to dark green, with at least three leaflets, each up to 2.5 centimetres (1 in) across. The flowers are yellow. The red or purple fruits resemble raspberries and are edible.[2]

Distribution and habitat[edit]

Ranunculus biternatus is native to Patagonia, the Falkland Islands and a number of subantarctic islands.[1][2] The species is common in or near wet areas such as bogs, pools and streams, from sea level to 250 m (800 ft) altitude.[2]


  1. ^ a b c "Ranunculus biternatus". Plants of the World Online. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Retrieved 22 April 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d Burton, Robert; Croxall, John C. (2012). A Field Guide to the Wildlife of South Georgia. Princeton University Press. p. 158. ISBN 9780691156613.