Soleirolia soleirolii (Req.) Dandy

Baby's Tears

Feddes Repert. 70: 1 (1964) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Stems somewhat succulent, branching to form dense flat mats, moderately covered in fine hairs. Leaves oblique, more or less circular to reniform, 2–6 mm diam., sparsely covered in fine hairs; petiole 1–3 mm long. Flowers c. 1–2 mm long. Achene c. 1 mm long, smooth.

*GipP, *HSF, *VVP, *WaP. Also naturalised WA, SA, NSW, ACT. Europe, North America. Native to Mediterranean islands west of Italy.

Commonly planted in rockeries and paths, occasionally escaping and becoming naturalised nearby (e.g. Portland, Melbourne suburbs).

Source: Entwisle, T.J. (1996). Soleirolia. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-10-25
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Rosales
family Urticaceae
genus Soleirolia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Soleirolia soleirolii in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Soleirolia soleirolii in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Warrnambool Plain present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales