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
Description:
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.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Saturday 29 May 2010
Literature:

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).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 36.

Wild, H. (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
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Dichondra micrantha
African Plant Database: Dichondra micrantha
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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
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Dichondra micrantha
JSTOR Plant Science: Dichondra micrantha
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Dichondra micrantha
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Dichondra micrantha
Plants of the World Online: Dichondra micrantha
The Plant List (version 1.1): Dichondra micrantha
Tropicos: Dichondra micrantha
Wikipedia: Dichondra micrantha


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Dichondra micrantha.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=147180, retrieved 17 November 2019

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