Common name: Pennywort
Hydrocotyle pedicellosa F.Muell. ex Benth. APNI*
Description: Creeping, slender succulent herb, mostly glabrous; rhizomes and petioles often wine red.
Leaves circular to cordate or reniform, usually 30–120 mm diam., margins shallowly lobed, crenate, lamina discolorous, upper surface dark dull green, lower surface pale glossy green and scabrous with hairs concentrated along veins,; petiole 4–35 cm long, densely hispid apically, often with some longer hairs at leaf base; stipules scarious undulate, ± encircling stem.
Inflorescence prostrate below leaves, umbels solitary or several arising from each node or flowers sometimes in panicles of umbels, usually 30–50-flowered, mostly 12–18 mm diam.; peduncle c. 15–60 mm; pedicels 4–10 mm. Flowers bisexual. Petals c. 0.5 mm long, creamy-white or greenish. Mericarps convex with prominent dorsal ribs and faint curved lateral ribs, surface roughish between, c. 1 mm long, 1–1.5 mm diam.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows on rainforest margins, north from Mt Boss S.F.
NSW subdivisions: NC
Other Australian states: Qld
Formerly in Apiaceae.
Text by S. M. Hastings & B. M. Wiecek
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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