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Native Buttercup

Hibbertia hypericoides


  • Erect spreading dark green shrub.
  • Size: 0.2 – 1 m high.
  • Leaves: long, narrow, oblong, blunt, dark green above with very recurved margins.
  • Flowers: Stalked, yellow flowers with 5 distinct petals. The stamens are all found on one side of the centre of the flower and look like a tiny hand of bananas.
  • Fruit/seed: rarely seen.

What to Observe

  • First fully open single flower
  • Full flowering (record all days)
  • End of flowering (when 95% of the flowers have faded)

ClimateWatch Science Advisor

We expect plants to start shooting and flowering earlier in the year as a result of climate change warming the Earth. They may also start appearing in new areas, as warmer temperatures enable them to live in environments that were previously too cold for them.

When To Look

  • Shrub is found all year round.
  • Flowering from April to December

Where To Look

  • South Western Australia.
  • Ranging from Kalbarri National Park, south to Albany and inland to Dryandra.
  • Common in many urban bushlands around Perth.

Native Buttercup distribution map - GBIF

Native Buttercup distribution map - GBIF

Where To Look

Maps of Habitat Suitability


Current probability
of occurrence
2070 probability
of occurrence (RCP 8.5)
Species range change from
current to 2070 probability

Above, the left and middle maps show the modelled habitat suitability for the the species under current and potential future climate conditions. The colours indicate the predicted habitat suitability from low (white) to high (dark red).

The future habitat suitability is modelled for the year 2070 under a climate change scenario that represents 'business as usual' (RCP 8.5). The map on the right shows how the range of the species might change between now and 2070, with orange areas indicating where the species might disappear, green areas where the species range might expand, and blue areas where the habitat is predicted to be suitable for the species now and in the future.

The models for this species were run in the Biodiversity and Climate Change Virtual Laboratory. Please note that while models can be very informative, they are only a representation of the real world and thus should always be viewed with caution. You can read more about the science behind these models here.



Keighery, G. J. 1975 Pollination of Hibbertia hypericoides (Dilleniaceae) and its evolutionary significance Journal of Natural History, 1464-5262, Volume 9, Issue 6, 1975, Pages 681 – 684

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  1. What Else?

    There are many species of Hibbertia. Other species have differently shaped leaves (often sharply pointed) and stamens all around the centre of the flower

  1. Did You Know?

    Flowers are cross pollinated by beetles.  This is also known as Cantharophily