Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides Lam.

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Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along path to Mt Binga above Nhamadzi River crossing, Chimanimani National Reserve

Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along path to Mt Binga above Nhamadzi River crossing, Chimanimani National Reserve

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Synonyms: Hydrocotyle confusa H. Wolff
Hydrocotyle monticola Hook. f.
Hydrocotyle nitidula A. Rich.
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Status: Native
Delicate creeping perennial herb, rooting at the nodes. Leaves singly or in clusters of 2-3 at the nodes, small, kidney-shaped in outline, 5-7-lobed, narrowly cordate at the base; hairless above, with some crisped hairs below, particularly when young; margin coarsely toothed. Petiole up to 40 mm long. Flowers in axillary, 3-10-flowered umbels, greenish. Fruit, 1.5 × 1 mm, greenish to yellowish-brown, broadly ellipsoid, laterally compressed, notched at the apex.
Notes: Easily distinguished from other species in this genus by the consistently much smaller size of the leaves.
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Habitat: In marshy areas
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Worldwide distribution: Widespread in the Old World tropics. Introduced and naturalized in the Americas.
Mozambique distribution: M
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Content last updated: Thursday 30 January 2020

Cannon, J.F.M. (1978). Apiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 559 - 561.

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 32.

Goodier, R. & Phipps, J.B. (1961). A revised checklist of the vascular plants of the Chimanimani Mountains Kirkia 1 Page 60.

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 18.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 42.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 87.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides
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Wikipedia: Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=142960, retrieved 23 February 2024

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