Amy Whitehead's Research

the ecological musings of a conservation biologist

Wildlife Wednesday: Mount Cook Buttercup



This beautiful white flower is often called the Mount Cook lily.  However, it is actually a member of the buttercup family (Ranunculus lyalli).  Endemic to the South Island of New Zealand, it is found in the alpine zone between 700 to 1500 m above sea level.  Plants grow up to a metre in height and have waterlily–like leaves, hence the frequent misnaming.  Flowering occurs in late spring and early summer, with flowers reaching 5-8 cm in diameter, making it the world’s largest buttercup species.


4 thoughts on “Wildlife Wednesday: Mount Cook Buttercup

  1. Fantastic photo Amy. Do let me know if you ever want to add it to our on-line collection on the NZ Plant Network flora website –

  2. Pingback: Recent Qaecologist blog posts (March 2013, Weeks 3 & 4) | Quantitative & Applied Ecology Group

  3. Mount Cook Buttercup? Just when you get a little too glazed over with images of this and that…Amy’s photo reminds that there is so much diversity out there. A fascinating bloom, captured with sensitivity and purpose.
    Does it nurture animals with nectar?

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