Scientific name: Dichondra repens J.R. and G. Forster
Common name: Kidney weed
Native of Australia.
Small perennial herb with creeping stems and kidney shaped leaves, forming a ground cover.
This plant is a native but it can be considered a weed in tended areas.
Stems and leaves
Stems are slender, with soft short hairs, spreading horizontally with roots forming at the nodes. Leaves have petioles 0.8-5 cm long with round or kidney-shaped blades 0.4-2.5 cm in diameter with entire margins. Leaves are hairy, especially on the underside, the hairs lying close to the leaf surface.
Flowers and fruit
Flowers are small with 5 sepals 2 mm long and five slightly shorter yellow or white petals. Flower-bearing stems tend to be shorter than the petioles of the leaves.
Ground cover with kidney shaped leaves with entire margins and appressed hairs on the lower surface.
Kleinschmidt, H.E., Holland, A. and Simpson, P. (1996). Suburban Weeds. 3rd Edition. Department of Primary Industries, Brisbane.
Stanley, T.E. and Ross, E.M. (1983-1989). Flora of South-eastern Queensland. Volume 2. Department of Primary Industries, Brisbane.