Dichondra repens J.R. & G.Forst.

Kidney Weed

Perennial herb with creeping stems forming a dense mat. Leaves kidney-shaped, hairy to about 3 cm wide on long stalks. Flowers small, solitary, cream; mostly spring but throughout the year.

WA, SA, Qld, NSW, Vic, Tas

A common lawn weed and an effective groundcover sometimes used as a lawn substitute in shady spots.

It sometimes spreads rapidly and may become weedy.

The cultivar D. 'Tinz' is sometimes offered but a description is unavailable.


D. micrantha Urb. from SW USA, W Indies and E Asia appears to be occasionally available in imported seed mixes.

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Convolvulaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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Distribution map
kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Solanales
family       Convolvulaceae
genus        Dichondra J.R. & G.Forst.