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  • proper noun A taxonomic family within the order Ranunculales — many flowering plants.


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Ranunculus +‎ -aceae


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  • Tall herbfields grow on well-developed humus soils, dominated by species of Compositae, Cyperaceae, Gramineae, Juncaceae, Ranunculaceae, and Umbelliferae.

    Australian Alps montane grasslands

  • ANEMONE, or WIND-FLOWER (from the Gr. [Greek: anemos], wind), a genus of the buttercup order (Ranunculaceae), containing about ninety species in the north and south temperate zones.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Part 1, Slice 1

  • In gardens two or three Ranunculaceae, Jasminum, pinks, sweet-williams, marigolds, stocks, and wall-flowers, are common, with a broad-leaved species of flag, the flowers of which I have not seen.

    Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and the Neighbouring Countries

  • Cattle will not eat the acrid, caustic plant -- a sufficient reason for most members of the _Ranunculaceae_ to stoop to the low trick of secreting poisonous or bitter juices.

    Wild Flowers Worth Knowing

  • It is useful to be able to classify a flower and to know that the buttercup belongs to the Family Ranunculaceae, with petals free and definite, stamens hypogynous and indefinite, pistil apocarpous.

    The Fairy-Land of Science

  • The doctor turned upon his heels, and went off with his ladies talking in a loud voice about botany, the words _Ranunculaceae_ and

    First in the Field A Story of New South Wales

  • Thus in the Ranunculaceae we find the conspicuous part of the flower to be the petals in Ranunculus, the sepals in Helleborus,

    Darwinism (1889)

  • In its earlier stages the number of these modified leaves is indefinite, as in many Ranunculaceae; and the axis itself is not greatly shortened, as in Myosurus.

    Darwinism (1889)

  • Anonaceae or custard-apple tribe, which are certainly an advance from the Ranunculaceae; yet in the genus Polyalthea the fruit consists of a number of separate carpels, each borne on a long stalk, as if reverting to the primitive stalked carpellary leaves.

    Darwinism (1889)

  • Clematis was rare, and other _Ranunculaceae_ still more so.

    Himalayan Journals — Complete


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