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Family: Umbelliferae
Hydrocotyle medicaginoides

Citation: Turcz., Bull. Soc. Nat. Mosc. 22, 2:27 (1849).

Synonymy: Not Applicable

Common name: None

Slender almost or quite glabrous annual, 3-15 cm high; stem erect, or procumbent and ascending, often branched from the base; leaves reniform, 4-15 mm broad, divided to the middle or more deeply into 3 entire or toothed lobes; stipules scarious, fringed.

Peduncles filiform; umbels all pedunculate, condensed to globular or ovoid heads with 6 (rarely 3)-12 almost sessile flowers; corolla smaller than the width of the ovary; petals greenish-white, often with a purplish tinge.

Fruits c. 1 mm long, c. 2 mm broad; mericarps apparently not separating and possibly remaining together in heads long after maturity, with 1 dorsal and 2 intermediate prominent obtuse often irregularly thickened ribs forming 3 thick light-greyish wings, wrinkled and pitted by reticular connections between the prominent ribs and between the intermediate and the inconspicuous lateral ribs; styles very short, spreading and appressed to mericarps.

Distribution:  On damp saline soil at edges of salt lakes and salt flats, also in depressions on top of coastal cliffs.

S.Aust.: EP, NL, MU, YP, SL, SE.   W.Aust.; Vic.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: Sept. — Nov.

SA Distribution Map based
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specimens held in the
State Herbarium of South Australia

Biology: No text

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