Hydrocotyle pterocarpa F.Muell.

Wing Penny-wort

Trans. & Proc. Victorian Inst. Advancem. Sci. 46: 126 (1855)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Perennial, procumbent herb, glabrous to glabrescent; stems creeping, rooting at lower nodes. Leaf-lamina reniform to orbicular-cordate, 1–5 cm across, almost entire or with 3–11 very shallow broad lobes, margin crenate; petiole 1–10(–17) cm long; stipules membranous, broad-ovate, entire. Umbels simple, leaf-opposed, globose, 2–3 mm diam., flowers c. 5–20, almost sessile; peduncle 4–30 mm long; pedicels to c. 0.5 mm long. Petals c. 0.75 mm long, off-white with purple blotches. Fruits very flattened, smooth, usually red spotted, c. 3 mm long, 4–5 mm wide, emarginate at the base and apex; mericarp dorsal rib produced into a thickish wing c. 0.5 mm high, lateral ribs prominent, intermediate ribs inconspicuous. Flowers spring–early autumn

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, MonT, OtR, SnM, VAlp, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also SA, Tas. Occurs in moist open-forest or warm-temperate rainforest where usually growing amongst rushes and sedges or on mossy rocks along watercourses.

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: Val Stajsic, 2019-02-21
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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 pterocarpa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Hydrocotyle pterocarpa in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands 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
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory