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Bandalup buttercup
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Hibbertia abyssus, also known as Hibbertia abyssa and commonly known as Bandalup buttercup, is a critically endangered small shrub in the Dilleniaceae family that is native to Western Australia.

The shrub has an erect habit and can grow to a height of 1.2 m (3 ft 11 in). The erect branchlets are minutely stellate-hairy and become glabrous toward the ends. The crowded, linear to subulate shape leaves are spirally arranged. the leaves are smooth or can have scattered protuberances. The glabrous peduncle supporting the flower is 8 to 13 mm (0.31 to 0.51 in) in length. The sepals have a glabous inner surface with occasional small stellate hair on the outer side. The flowers have five bright yellow petals and five stamens found on one side of the densely haired carpels.

The species is only found in a small area long the south coast of Western Australia south east Ravensthorpe, Western Australia and is listed as "rare" under the Wildlife Conservation Act 1950 and as "critically endangered" under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

The species was first formally described in 2009 by Juliet Wege and Kevin Thiele in the journal Nuytsia.

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