Dichondra repens

Family Convolvulaceae

Kidney Weed

Creeping stoloniferous herb, spreads by rooting at the nodes, up to 1 m.

Flowers: Small, less than 5 mm diameter, white, recorded at any time throughout the year. Possibly self-pollinated.

Fruit: Two seeded fruit capsule, opening irregularly, 2 valved each with 12 seeds/capsule.

Seed: Small, ellipsoid, 1.4 x 1.3 mm in size. No specialised disperal mechanism, local dispersal only. Some dormancy.

Gallery images: seed, seedling, rootstock, resprout

Ecology

  • Common in woodland in lightly shaded areas at the Australian Botanic Garden.
  • Seedlings frequently recorded following wet periods, also after fire.
  • Resprouts from stolons after fire.

Ecology of Cumberland Plain Woodland

Dichondra repens plant

Dichondra repens flower

Dichondra repens fruit

Dichondra repens seed