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Hydrocotyle foveolata

Yellow Pennywort

Small erect annual herb, branching from the base.

Additional information

  • FamilyAraliaceae (revised from Apiaceae)
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size2-15 cm x spreading
  • Plant groupingHerbs & Groundcovers <1m
  • LeavesLeaves to 20 mm across, either palm-like or deeply divided into 3-5 wedge-shaped lobes or segments which have 3 teeth. Scattered long hairs on stalks.
  • Flower colourYellow
  • Flowering timeSeptember to November
  • FlowersStalkless clusters of 3-6 tiny flowers. Fruit segments red-brown.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist to wet soil in woodlands and thickets. Shade.
  • Garden useBog gardens and beside pools.
  • Commercially availableNo information available
  • Conservation statusLocally uncommon within its preferred growing conditions
  • Related speciesHydrocotyle callicarpa is similar to H. foveolata but smaller, to 9 cm high, often branching from base. Leaf to 10 mm, 3-5 shallowly lobed or divided to halfway, entire or 3-toothed, each tooth ending in a bristle. Tiny white to purple 3-15 flowered clusters are stalked. Fruit segments black. Often growing with H. foveolata.
Photographer/s: 1, 4 Russell Best, NatureShare ©; 2 Matt Dell ©; 3Helen Moss ©

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