NZ Plants R – Ranunculus buchananii to Rubus australis
Ranunculus buchananii is a glaucous herb, which grows to 8 in (20 cm).
The leaves are kidney shaped in outline, but deeply divided. The flowers
are white, 1.6–2.4 in (4–6 cm) in diameter, singly,
or up to four flowers per stem.
Ranunculus crithmifolius is an herbaceous plant, a buttercup of mountain screes,
which grows up to 2–4 in (5–10 cm) high. The deeply
lobed, greyish leaves are typically 1.2–2 in (3–5 cm)
long, and come from the base of the plant. The bright yellow flowers are
1.2–2 in (3–5 cm) across; spring.
Ranunculus insignis is a herbaceous plant, variable in size, growing up to 35 in
(90 cm) high. The round leaves are thick, dark green, large, 4–6 in
(10–16 cm) wide. The flowers are yellow, 0.8–2 in (2–5 cm)
Ranunculus lappaceus is a herbaceous plant, up to 6 in (15 cm) high,
with a rosette of evergreen leaves. The leaves have three to five lobes,
or deeply divided, are rounded in shape, typically 0.4–0.8 in
(1–2 cm) in diameter. The flowers are yellow, with five petals,
on a short stem.
Ranunculus lyallii is a large buttercup that can reach
40 in (1 m) or more. The round leaves are deep green, leathery,
shiny, with a diameter up to 16 in (40 cm). The white flowers
are up to 3 in (8 cm) across.
Raoulia australis forms mats of firm silvery green foliage, up to 40 in
(1 m) across. The tiny leaves closely cover the stems, and are densely
hairy. Tiny, yellow daisy flowers in summer.
Raoulia bryoides forms large, hard, cushion-shaped mounds up to 40 in
(1 m) across. The tiny leaves have a covering of hairs. The tiny flower
heads are buried amongst the leaves.
Raoulia eximia is a shrub that forms tight grey-white mounds up to 24 in
(60 cm) high, and 5 ft (1.5 m) across. The tiny leaves are
covered in hairs, which trap moisture from night-time fogs. The tiny flowerheads
are buried amongst the leaves.
Raoulia grandiflora forms mats of silver rosette foliage, up to 6 in (15 cm)
across. The tiny leaves, 0.2–0.4 in (5–10 mm) long,
are densely packed. Small daisy flowers 0.6 in (1.5 cm) in diameter;
Rhopalostylis sapida is a statuesque palm tree, reaching 10–30 ft (3–9 m)
high. The trunk is ringed by leaf scars. The feather shaped leaves are up
to 10 ft (3 m) long. The flowers are much-branched spikes, lilac
to pale pink; summer.
Rubus australis is a vigorous and thorny evergreen
climber. The juvenile, oval, toothed leaves are 0.4–1.2 in
(1–3 cm) long, and arranged into three, four or five parts.
The adult, oval, toothed leaves are 1.2–2 in (3–5 cm)
long, and arranged into three, four or five parts. The white flowers
are in branched groups, spring; followed by orange yellow berries.
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