Dichondra micrantha Urb.

Symb. Antill. 9: 243 (1924) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Perennial herb. Leaves reniform to suborbicular, mostly to c. 6 mm long, c. 7 mm wide, apex rounded to emarginate, base cordate, upper surface more or less glabrous, lower surface sparsely pubescent; petiole usually 10–15 mm long. Flowers solitary; pedicels 5–10 mm long, strongly recurved in fruit; sepals oblong-elliptic, 1–3 mm long, shortly united at base, pilose; corolla rotate, c. 1.5 mm long, glabrous, pale greenish-yellow, tube to c. 0.5 mm long, lobes ovate-elliptic. Capsule deeply 2-lobed, longer than calyx. Flowers probably spring and summer.

*GipP, *HSF. Native to Japan and China, widely grown and known to have become naturalised in temperate Southern Hemisphere countries. Currently known in Victoria only from lawns in the Royal Botanic Gardens Mebourne and private property near Yarra Glen.

Dichondra micrantha has been offered for sale by nurseries as a lawn substitute or decorative creeper, consequently it is likely that it occurs more widely than records currently suggest. However, there is some uncertainty that the product sold has always been true D. micrantha or the similar, native, D. repens.

Created by: Jeff Jeanes, 2015-09-11
Updated by: Neville Walsh, 2017-04-04
Distribution map
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 micrantha in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Dichondra micrantha in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present introduced
Highlands-Southern Fall present introduced