Dichondra repens J.R.Forst. & G.Forst.


Char. Gen. Pl. 40, t. 20 (1776) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Perennial herb, greyish-pubescent, rarely glabrescent. Leaves reniform to suborbicular, mostly 5–25 mm long, 5–30 mm wide, apex rounded to emarginate, base cordate, both surfaces sparsely to moderately pilose; petiole usually 10–50 mm long. Flowers solitary; pedicels 5–60 mm long, not recurved in fruit; sepals oblong-elliptic, 2–3 mm long at anthesis (enlarging to 4.5 mm long in fruit), shortly united at base, pilose; corolla rotate, 2.5–4.5 mm long, glabrous, pale greenish-yellow, tube to c. 1 mm long, lobes ovate-elliptic. Capsule deeply 2-lobed, shorter than calyx when ripe. Flowers mainly spring and summer.

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MonT, MuF, MuM, NIS, OtP, OtR, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also WA, SA, Qld, NSW, NI, ACT,  Tas. Common and widespread throughout most of Victoria in a variety of habitats and also a weed (or deliberate component) of lawns.

Very variable with respect to indumentum density and pedicel length. Forms from swampy sites in the Edenhope-Penola-Casterton area approach Dichondra sp. 1 in indumentum and a tendency for fruiting pedicels to recurve, but the floral measurements are more typical of D. repens.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Convolvulaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-02-06
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Solanales
genus Dichondra
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Dichondra repens in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Dichondra repens in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

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