Ranunculus ternatifolius

Key Features

  • A slender, low-growing, hairy herb with a small base and many branches that arch or creep over the ground, rooting at nodes. Finely cut leaves are borne in tufts at nodes and have very slender stalks (2-8 cm long). Flowers are small and borne on short stalks.

Distribution and Habitat

  • Central North Island to Southland but rather local, in a wide variety of lowland – montane habitats including streamsides in tussock grassland, damp coastal turfs, swamps, and damp, open sites in forest and at cliff bases.


  • Habitat modification and loss.
  • Trampling by stock.

Management Opportunities

  • Survey for new locations.
  • Mark known sites.
  • Protection of habitat.
  • Avoid modification of wetlands in which this species occurs.

Monitoring Options

  • Check existing populations annually.
  • Report new locations to DOC and NZPCN.

Further Information and Support

  • New Zealand Plant Conservation Network (NZPCN). http://www.nzpcn.org.nz
  • References
    • Johnson, P.N. & Brooke, P.A. (1989). Wetland plants in New Zealand. DSIR Publishing, Wellington.