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Hydrocotyle laxiflora

Stinking Pennywort

Lax hairy perennial herb forming loose mats, rooting at leaf nodes.

Additional information

  • FamilyAraliaceae (revised from Apiaceae)
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size10-40 cm x 1-2 m
  • Plant groupingHerbs & Groundcovers <1m
  • LeavesRound to kidney-shaped leaves 8-50 mm across with 5-11 scalloped lobes. Leaves stand erect on long stalks 1-13 cm long.
  • Flower colourPale greenish-yellow
  • Flowering timeOctober to December
  • FlowersMale and female flowers on separate plants. Round cluster of 30-50 shortly-stalked tiny flowers on a long stalk. Flowers produce an offensive odour.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatYes
  • Growing conditionsDryish to moist well drained soils in open sites of dry forests. Semi shade to partial shade.
  • Garden useColoniser of disturbed areas. Grow in shady sites.
  • Commercially availableNever
  • Conservation statusLocally common within its preferred growing conditions
  • Related speciesVery similar to Hydrocotyle hirta and indistinguishable without flowers. The individual flowers of H. hirta are stalkless, forming a tight ball.
Photographer/s: 1 Swee Oon ©; 2, 3 Richard Hartland ©; 4 Helen Moss ©

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