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Centella cordifolia (Hook.f.) Nannf.
Family Apiaceae
Centella cordifolia (Hook.f.) Nannf. APNI*

Description: Creeping perennial herb, rooting at the nodes.

Leaves with lamina cordate, 1–3 cm long, mostly longer than broad, margins entire, sinuate or faintly crenate, lamina 5–7-veined, usually glabrescent and finally glabrous; petiole 1–5 times as long as the lamina with a sheathing broadened base with scarious margins, often purplish tinted.

Umbels subsessile or shortly pedunculate, usually 2–3 flowered, involucral bracts 2, narrow-ovate, c. 3 mm long. Sepals forming a minutely lobed persistent ring. Petals ovate, c. 1.5 mm long, purple. Anthers almost globose, deep purple.

Fruit c. 2.5–3 mm long, 4–5 mm wide, glabrous or with some hairs near the apex; mericarps with 5 distinct longitudinal ribs which are reticulately connected by weaker ones.


Flowering: late summer to autumn.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows mainly in damp places; few records, distribution poorly known.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, CT
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas. W.A. S.A.
AVH map***

Intermediates between these 2 species are known to occur.

Text by B. M. Wiecek & S. M. Hastings
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)

APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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