Dichondra micrantha Urb.

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Dichondra micrantha

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Dichondra micrantha

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

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Synonyms: Dichondra repens J. R. Forst. & G. Forst. var. repens
Common names: Kidneyweed (English)
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Introduced
Prostrate herb, with slender stems rooting at the nodes. Leaves: petiole 8-70 mm; lamina 6-29 × 7-36 mm, reniform to circular, glabrescent above, appressed-hairy beneath; base cordate; apex broadly rounded to emarginate. Flowers on 2-19 mm peduncles. Calyx up to 3 mm, silky outside. Corolla ± as long as calyx, white or greenish. Capsule lobes pilose. Seeds brown.
Notes: Absolutely abundant in many Harare lawns.
Derivation of specific name: micrantha: small-flowered
Habitat: Weed in lawns, preferring shady, damp places.
Altitude range: (metres) 490 - 1660 m
Flowering time:Nov - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical and subtropical regions.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Climber, perennial.
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 131. (Includes a picture).

Gonçalves, M.L. (1987). Convolvulaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(1) Pages 10 - 11. As Dichondra repens repens (Includes a picture).

Wild, H. (undated, c. 1955). Common Rhodesian Weeds ?Government of Rhodesia, Salisbury Page 93. as Dichondra repens (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Malawi: Dichondra micrantha
Flora of Mozambique: Dichondra micrantha
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Dichondra micrantha

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Dichondra micrantha
African Plant Database: Dichondra micrantha
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Dichondra micrantha
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Dichondra micrantha
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Dichondra micrantha
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Dichondra micrantha
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Dichondra micrantha
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Dichondra micrantha
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Dichondra micrantha
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Dichondra micrantha
Ispot Southern Africa: Dichondra micrantha
JSTOR Plant Science: Dichondra micrantha
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Dichondra micrantha
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Dichondra micrantha
The Plant List (version 1.1): Dichondra micrantha
Tropicos: Dichondra micrantha

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Dichondra micrantha.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=147180, retrieved 19 November 2018

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