MARSH PENNYWORT

Hydrocotyle vulgaris

Pennywort Family [Hydrocotylaceae]  

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status
statusZnative
flower
flower8white
morph
morph8actino
petals
petalsZ5
stem
stem8round
inner
inner8green

3rd Aug 2006 Photo: © Paul Breslin
Short, but 3 inches tall. Grows in shallow water often overgrown by much larger plants.


3rd Aug 2006 Photo: © Paul Breslin
The leaves carpet the ground hiding the wetness beneath.


8th July 2009, Ainsdale dunes, Southport, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
The leaves are shiny, almost round with less than a dozen shallow lobes on the periphery. Stem in the centre.


8th July 2009, Ainsdale dunes, Southport, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
Eight veins radiate from the centre, forking when half-way into several fractal branches.


8th July 2009, Ainsdale dunes, Southport, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
It is said that the rear of the leaf hides the tiny flowers. They must be minute! Thin hairy stems, one to a leaf.



Some similarities to : Navelwort (the leaves only)

No relation to : Wall Pennywort [a plant with similar name]

Marsh Pennywort was previously ascribed to the Apiaceae family, but has since been moved into a family of its own, together with two other Pennyworts Floating Pennywort and Hairy Pennywort; but not Wall Pennywort, which is a totally different plant.


  Hydrocotyle vulgaris  ⇐ Global Aspect ⇒ Hydrocotylaceae  

Distribution
family8Pennywort family8Hydrocotylaceae

 BSBI maps
genus8Hydrocotyle
Hydrocotyle

MARSH PENNYWORT

Hydrocotyle vulgaris

Pennywort Family [Hydrocotylaceae]  

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