Common name: Wild Parsley
Hydrocotyle trachycarpa F.Muell. APNI*
Description: Slender, glabrous annual herb to 20 cm high; stems branched from the base, rooting at the nodes, procumbent, filiform, 10–40 cm long.
Leaves reniform or ovate in outline, 5–20 mm long, 10–40 mm wide, usually deeply 5-lobed; lobes oblong or broad obovate-cuneate with usually 3–5 teeth in upper half; lamina discolorous, thin; petiole 10–60 mm long, those of lower leaves longer than lamina; stipules membranous, lanceolate, fringed.
Umbels 3–12-flowered, c. 4 mm diam.; flowers bisexual, peduncle 6–40 mm long; pedicels 1.5–2 mm long, bracts absent.
Fruit laterally compressed, c. 1 mm long, c. 2 mm wide, mericarps with prominent ± acute dorsal and semicircular intermediate ribs with a single row of small tubercles between them (sometimes smooth) and often some tubercles enclosed in the semicircular depression between the intermediate and lateral ribs.
Flowering: late winter to spring.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in damp sheltered sites, between rocks or along creeks often on sandy soil; from Corong Peak to Koonenberry Mtn, uncommon.
NSW subdivisions: NWP, NFWP
Other Australian states: W.A. S.A. N.T.
Formerly in Apiaceae.
Text by S. M. Hastings & B. M. Wiecek
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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