Common name: Pennywort
Hydrocotyle algida Wakef. APNI*
Description: Small, delicate, prostrate herb, pubescent to glabrous, with creeping, often whitish rhizomes.
Leaves reniform, usually 4–18 mm wide, shallowly to deeply lobed with crenate margins, discolorous; both surfaces densely hairy with short curved hairs, upper surface green and with raised veins, lower surface very pale with veins sunken; petiole usually 0.5–2 cm long, usually villous; stipules scarious, entire c. 1 mm long.
Umbels c. 15-flowered, c. 3.5 mm diam.; flowers subsessile; peduncle longer than petiole, usually villous. Petals c. 1 mm long.
Fruit 1–1.7 mm long, 1.5–2 mm wide, apex emarginate, base truncate, prominently 8-ridged.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in mossy areas, or in running water in the understorey of eucalypt forest, and in grassland on shales and granites at higher elevations south, from Ben Bullen S.F.
NSW subdivisions: NT, CT, ST
Other Australian states: Vic.
Text by S. M. Hastings & B. M. Wiecek
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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