Hydrocotyle geraniifolia F.Muell.

Forest Pennywort

Trans. & Proc. Victorian Inst. Advancem. Sci. 126 (1855)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Creeping or ascending perennial with lax stems to several metres long, rooting at nodes near base. Leaf-lamina deeply palmate, strongly discolorous, 3–10 cm across; segments 3–5, often deeply lobed, lanceolate to narrow-lanceolate, 1–6.5 cm long, apex attenuate, toothed; teeth often bristly, hispid along midvein and lateral veins on upper surface, glabrescent or strigose on lower surface; petiole 10–20 cm long; stipules membranous, fringed. Umbels simple, leaf-opposed, occasionally with a secondary branch, 4–8 mm diam., 15–20-flowered, peduncle 2.5–7.5 cm long; pedicels 2–3 mm long. Petals white. Fruits c. 1.5 mm long and wide; mericarp dorsal rib extending to form a wing, lateral ones prominent, areas between ribs tuberculate or smooth Flowers summer

CVU, EGL, EGU, GipP, HFE, HNF, HSF, OtP. Also NSW. Common from the Dandenong Ranges to East Gippsland, growing in wet sclerophyll forest and cool-temperate rainforest. There are nineteenth-century collections of this species from the Colac-Forrest area of the Otway Range but these have not been substantiated in recent times.

Source: Duretto, M.F. (1999). Apiaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-06-15
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Apiales
family Araliaceae
genus Hydrocotyle
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Hydrocotyle geraniifolia in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Hydrocotyle geraniifolia in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Highlands-Far East present native

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory