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Genus Dichondra Family Convolvulaceae

Description: Perennial herbs with creeping stems, rooting at the nodes.

Leaves simple, entire; hairs bifid.

Flowers axillary, solitary, bracteate. Sepals 5, free or united only at the base, subequal. Corolla campanulate with 5 distinct induplicate lobes, without any distinct mid-petaline band, glabrous. Stamens 5, filaments ± equal, glabrous. Ovary deeply 2-lobed with 2 ovules per lobe, glabrous; styles 2, inserted between the lobes, stigmas capitate.

Capsule deeply 2-lobed, indehiscent or irregularly 2-valved; lobes ± free, each with 1 or rarely 2 seeds.


Photo © ANBG

Distribution and occurrence: World: c. 10 species, tropical regions. Australia: 2 species (native), all States except N.T.

Text by R. W. Johnson
Taxon concept:

 Key to the species 
1Leaves equally pilose on both surfaces; calyx 2.5–4 mm long, longer than the capsule; pedicels 10–50 mm longDichondra repens
Leaves pilose on upper surface, densely silky on lower surface; calyx 1.5–2 mm long, shorter than the capsule; pedicels 1–5 mm longDichondra sp. A sensu Harden (1992)

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