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Hydrocotyle hirta

Hairy Pennywort

Hairy matting perennial herb, rooting at leaf nodes.

Additional information

  • FamilyAraliaceae (revised from Apiaceae)
  • StoreyLower storey
  • SizeProstrate x spreading
  • Plant groupingHerbs & Groundcovers <1m
  • LeavesRound to kidney-shaped leaves 6-25 mm across with 5-7 scalloped lobes. Leaves stand erect on white-hairy stalk to 5 cm long.
  • Flower colourPale yellow
  • Flowering timeJanuary to March
  • FlowersTight cluster of 15-40 tiny stalkless flowers on a long stalk.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatYes
  • Growing conditionsWidespread in moist to wet open to closed forests and rainforest. Partial to full shade.
  • Garden useCarpeting ground cover in moist areas. Will send leaves up through other low plants.
  • Commercially availableIndigenous nursery
  • Conservation statusWidespread within the Shire
  • Related speciesVery similar to Hydrocotyle laxiflora and indistinguishable without flowers. The individual flowers of H. laxiflora are stalked, forming a loose cluster.They are also strongly scented.
Photographer/s: Marilyn Bull ©

Plant Communities

  • 01 Alpine Ash Montane Damp Forest (EVC 38)
  • 16 Messmate Shrubby Foothill Forest Central Highlands/UpperYarra (EVC 45)
  • 02 Shining Gum Montane Wet Forest (EVC 39)
  • 17 Messmate Herb-rich Foothill Forest (EVC 23)
  • 03 Narrow-leaf Peppermint Montane damp Forest (EVC 38)
  • 18 Messmate Shrubby Foothill Forest - Dandenongs (EVC 45)
  • 04 Alpine Ash Montane Wet Forest (EVC 39)
  • 19 Long-leaf Box Herb-rich Foothill Forest (EVC 23)
  • 05 Mountain Ash Forest - Central Highlands (EVC 30)
  • 20 Messmate Lowland Forest (EVC 16)
  • 06 Mountain Ash Wet Forest - Dandenongs (EVC 30)
  • 26 Red Stringybark Grassy Dry Forest - Middle Yarra (EVC 22)
  • 07 Mountain Grey Gum Damp Forest - Central Highlands (EVC 29)
  • 28 Red Box Grassy Dry Forest - Christmas Hills (EVC 22)
  • 08 Mountain Grey Gum Damp Forest – Dandenongs (EVC 29)
  • 29 Green Scentbark Herb-rich Foothill Forest (EVC 23)
  • 09 Myrtle Beech Cool Temperate rainforest (EVC31)
  • 30 Swamp Gum Swampy Riparian Woodland (EVC 83)
  • 10 Southern Sassafras Cool Temperate rainforest (EVC 31)
  • 33 Mountain Swamp Gum Swampy Riparian Woodland (EVC 83)
  • 11 Manna Gum Riparian Forest - Central Highlands (EVC 18)
  • 34 Manna Gum Floodplain Riparian Woodland (EVC 56)
  • 12 Manna Gum Riparian Forest - Dandenongs (EVC 18)
  • 36 Scented Paperbark Riparian Thicket – Central Highlands (EVC 59)
  • 13 Manna Gum Riparian Forest - Upper Yarra (EVC 18)
  • 38 Yellow Box Valley Grassy Forest – Middle Yarra (EVC 47)
  • 15 Scented Paperbark Riparian Thicket - Middle & Upper Yarra (EVC 59)
  • 45 Lemon Bottlebrush Rocky Outcrop Shrubland (EVC 28)
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