Scientific Name:
Dichondra repens J.R.Forst. & G.Forst.
Vernacular Name(s):
Creeping dichondra; Kidney weed; Mercury Bay weed

Prostrate herb, generally with appressed, silky hairs, creeping and forming mats to 50–(70) cm diam. Petioles occasionally to 10 cm long. Lamina very variable, (0.5)–10–30–(40) mm diam., orbicular to reniform, often with upper and lower surfaces equally densely hairy; base cordate with very shallow to narrow and deep sinus; apex usually rounded, less commonly emarginate. Peduncles to c. 5 cm long, usually much less; bracts at base linear, inconspicuous. Calyx 3–4 mm long; lobes oblong to elliptic, ± acute. Corolla 4–6 mm diam., c. = to calyx, greenish yellow. Anthers yellowish. Capsule 1.5–2.5 mm diam., globose or nearly so, hairy, < to almost = calyx.

[From: Webb et al. (1988) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 4.]

Indigenous (Non-endemic)

Flowering: Sep.–Feb.

de Lange, P.J.; Rolfe, J.R.; Barkla J.W.; Courtney, S.P.; Champion, P.D.; Perrie, L.R.; Beadel, S.N.; Ford, K.A.; Breitwieser, I.; Schönberger, I.; Hindmarsh-Walls, R.; Heenan, P.B.; Ladley, K. 2018: Conservation status of New Zealand indigenous vascular plants, 2017. New Zealand Threat Classification Series. No. 22. [Not Threatened]
de Lange, P.J.; Rolfe, J.R.; Champion, P.D.; Courtney, S.P.; Heenan, P.B.; Barkla, J.W.; Cameron, E.K.; Norton, D.A.; Hitchmough, R.A. 2013: Conservation status of New Zealand indigenous vascular plants, 2012. New Zealand Threat Classification Series 3. Department of Conservation, Wellington. [Not Threatened]