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Hydrocotyle geraniifolia

Forest Pennywort

Lax perennial herb climbing or creeping through other shrubs, rooting at lower nodes.

Additional information

  • FamilyAraliaceae (revised from Apiaceae)
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size0.2-0.4 m x spreading
  • Plant groupingHerbs & Groundcovers <1m
  • LeavesDark green palm-like leaves 3-10 cm across deeply divided into 3-5 toothed narrow lance-shaped segments 1-6.5 cm long. Hairy along veins above, some stiff hairs below.
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Flowering timeDecember to February
  • FlowersRound clusters of 15-20 shortly stalked, tiny flowers on a long stalk.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist to moist well drained soils in damp to wet forests and rainforests. Semi shade to full shade.
  • Garden useA dainty spreading plant, easily controlled, for a moist sheltered garden or fern gully.
  • Commercially availableNo information available
  • Conservation statusLocally common within its preferred growing conditions
  • Related speciesHydrocotyle tripartita has similarities. A creeping perennial, leaves to 25 mm across, are divided to the base into 3 oval segments, broader towards tip, tip toothed, may have short scattered hairs. Stalks to 3 cm have long reflexed hairs. Small round cluster of 3-9 yellow, green or purple stalkless flowers on short stalk to 1 cm. Grows in swamps and along watercourses.
Photographer/s: 1, 2, 4 Peter Kinchington ©; 3 Richard Hartland ©

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