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)
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.
Derivation of specific name: micrantha: small-flowered
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Nov - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical and subtropical regions.
Malawi distribution: N
Growth form(s): Climber, perennial.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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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).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 20.

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 Caprivi: cultivated Dichondra micrantha
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Flora of Zimbabwe: Dichondra micrantha
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Dichondra micrantha

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Dichondra micrantha
African Plant Database: Dichondra micrantha
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Dichondra micrantha
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Dichondra micrantha
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Dichondra micrantha
JSTOR Plant Science: Dichondra micrantha
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Dichondra micrantha
Plants of the World Online: Dichondra micrantha
Tropicos: Dichondra micrantha
Wikipedia: Dichondra micrantha

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Dichondra micrantha.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=147180, retrieved 11 December 2023

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