Ranunculus ageri

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Ranunculus ageri Bertol.

Ranunculaceae

Life form: perennial

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Arrangement: basal
Leaves: decidious

Shape: ovate

Division: ternate

Shape: five-stellate
Fruit: nutlet

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Inflorescence: solitary

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Ranunculopsida
Subclassis:
Ranunculidae
Superordo:
Ranunculanae
Ordo:
Ranunculales

Ranunculus ageri, commonly known as gracile buttercup, is a perennial with bright yellow flowers.

Naming

Ranunculus ageri was described by Antonio Bertoloni. The name is considered as validly published.

Taxonomy

Ranunculus ageri is a species in the genus Ranunculus which contains approximately 432 to 2271 species and belongs to the family of the Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family). The type species of the genus is Ranunculus auricomus.

Characteristics

Growth

The perennials reach heights of 5 to 20 centimetres.

Leaves

Ranunculus ageri is deciduous. The ternate leaves are basal. The ovate leaflets are crenate and petiolate.

Flowers and Fruits

Ranunculus ageri produces solitary yellow five-stellate flowers in April.

The perennials produce nutlets.

Root System

Distribution

Ranunculus ageri is native to Greece.

Cultivation

The perennials tolerate temperatures down to -29°C (USDA zone 5).

Uses

Maintenance and Propagation

Cultivars

Poisonousness

The sap may irritate the skin

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Pests and Diseases

Honeydew, galls and distorted leaves are a sign for an infestation with aphids. Use an insecticide or control biologically , e.g. with parasitic wasps or predators such as Aphidoletes aphidimyza.

A powdery white coat on the plants indicates an infection with powdery mildew. Remove affected plants and apply a fungicide. To prevent infection improve ventilation, keep the roots moist and do not water the plants from above.

Gnaw marks and slime trails indicate a problem with slugs. Prevent infestation by improving hygiene and by regularly working the soil. In case of an infestation use slug pellets or nematodes to control pest. Handpicking the slug also helps, do this preferably in the evening hours.

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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