Dichondra caroliniensis Michx. - Carolina Ponysfoot

Dichondra caroliniensis plant

Family - Convolvulaceae

Stems:

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Leaves:

Dichondra caroliniensis leaves

Inflorescence:

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Flowers:

Dichondra caroliniensis flower

Flowering - February - November.

Habitat - Moist hammocks, floodplain forests, roadsides, lawns.

Origin - Native to North America.

Other information - This weedy little species can be found throughout most of Alabama and is probably more common than is reported. The plant an be easily identified by its creeping habit, rounded leaves, and small, whitish flowers. This is a common lawn weed in the southeastern U.S.
The genus name Dichondra derives from the Greek "di" meaning "two, split, double" and "chondr(o)" meaning "a grain, corn" referring to the fruits of the plant.
The species epithet caroliniensis means "of Carolina."

Alabama Distribution:

Dichondra caroliniensis map

Photographs taken off Lee Rd 54, Auburn, AL., 2-26-05.


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