Tate, Trans. R.Soc. S. Aust. 7:69 (1885).
Synonymy: Hydrocotyle crassiuscula
Common name: Spreading pennywort.
Glabrescent annual; stem procumbent, ascending, not rooting at the nodes, 6-30 cm long, branched, rather stout and rigid; leaf blades orbicular to reniform, 10-15 mm broad, glabrous or with some scattered hairs, deeply (sometimes to the base) divided into 3 oblong-cuneate toothed segments, the lateral segments usually 2-lobed and toothed; petioles of lower and basal leaves 2-4 cm long, often with a few thin hairs, of upper leaves shorter; stipules scarious, oblong to obovate, short-fringed, adnate for about two-thirds to the petiole.
Peduncles short, rigid; umbels of 8-12 almost sessile flowers in small heads; fruiting pedicels c. 1.5 mm long, thick.
Fruits c. 1.5 mm long, 2.5-3 mm broad; carpophore subulate, rather stout, persistent; dorsal ribs keeled; intermediate ribs prominent, acute but not keeled; mericarps with 1 row of tubercles between dorsal and intermediate ribs, and usually several tubercles between intermediate and inconspicuous lateral ribs.
Moist shady or open places on sand with much humus, on heath-ground.
S.Aust.: EP, SL, KI.
Flowering time: Nov.
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