Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Hydrocotyle tripartita R.Br. ex A.Rich.

Herb (herbaceous or woody, under 1 m tall)
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Herbarium specimen. © CSIRO

Richard, A. (1820) Annales Generales des Sciences Physiques : 209. Type: Cette espèce est originaire de la Nouvelle-Hollande, et mas ete communiquée par M. Rob. Brown (V.S.).

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Stems glabrous, prostrate on the ground, rooting at the nodes.


Petioles 20-40 mm long. Leaves 13-23 mm diam., consisting of three leaflets, the middle leaflet shortly 3-lobed while the lateral leaflets are deeply 2-lobed. Leaf blade underside clothed in hairs.


Peduncles 5-12 mm long, bracts cream, spotted with purple. Male flowers: about 0.8 mm diam. Female flowers: 0.8-1 mm diam.


Fruit 1.5 mm diameter with 2 slightly prominent ribs on each side, mostly smooth. Seed 0.5 mm diameter.


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Distribution and Ecology

Occurs in NEQ, CEQ and south into south-eastern Queensland and along the eastern part of Australia commonly along creek banks in open Eucalyptus forest, also in moist woodland and in marshy areas sometimes growing into the water. Mostly on sandy clay-loam and alluvial silt.

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