*Hydrocotyle bonariensis

Family Apiaceae

Perennial herb, with rhizomes, stems creeping and rooting at the nodes. Spreads by rhizomes, longevity indefinite.

Flowers: White – creamy yellow, October – June.

Fruit: Schizocarp 1.5 – 2 mm long, 2.5 – 3 mm wide, February – June.

Seed: 2, 1-seeded mericarps

Gallery images: seed, seedling, rootstock, resprout


  • Native to South America
  • Estuaries, coastline, sand dunes and ponds
  • Occasional weed around lakes at the Australian Botanic Garden
  • Colonises disturbed foreshore sites

Asterisk * indicates exotic species naturalised at the Australian Botanic Garden.

Ecology of Cumberland Plain Woodland

Hydrocotyle bonariensis plant

Hydrocotyle bonariensis flower