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Dichondra micrantha


Higher Taxonomy
Family: ConvolvulaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key
Common Name: MORNING-GLORY FAMILY
Habit: Annual, perennial herb, subshrub, generally twining or trailing. Leaf: 0 or alternate. Inflorescence: cyme or flowers 1 in axils; bracts subtending flowers 0 or 2. Flower: bisexual, radial; sepals (4)5, +- free, overlapping, persistent, often unequal; corolla generally showy, generally bell-shaped, +- shallowly 5-lobed, generally pleated and twisted in bud; stamens 5, epipetalous; pistil 1, ovary superior, chambers generally 2, each generally 2-ovuled, styles 1--2. Fruit: generally capsule. Seed: 1--4(6).
Genera In Family: 55--60 genera, 1600--1700 species: warm temperate to tropics; some cultivated for food or as ornamental (Ipomoea). Note: Monophyletic only if Cuscutaceae included, as treated here. Ipomoea cairica (L.) Sweet, Ipomoea hederacea Jacq. [Ipomoea nil L., misappl.], Ipomoea indica (Burm.) Merr. (including Ipomoea mutabilis Ker Gawl.), Ipomoea purpurea (L.) Roth, Ipomoea triloba L., all included in TJM (1993), not naturalized.
eFlora Treatment Author: Robert E. Preston, except as noted
Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.
Genus: DichondraView DescriptionDichotomous Key


Habit: Perennial herb, matted from creeping stolons; hairs equally forked. Leaf: reniform; petiole > blade. Inflorescence: flowers 1 in axils; bracts 0; upper peduncle recurved in fruit. Flower: inconspicuous; calyx lobes 5, deep, +- equal, ovate to obovate; corolla +- > calyx, lobes > tube; ovary shallowly to deeply 2-lobed, styles 2, free or united only at base, stigmas head-shaped. Fruit: capsule or separating into nutlets, spheric to +- 2-lobed.
Species In Genus: 15+ species: temperate & tropics. Etymology: (Greek: double grain, from deeply lobed fruit of some)
Reference: Austin 1998 Econ Bot 52:88--106
Unabridged Reference: Tharp & Johnston 1961 Brittonia 13: 346--360
Dichondra micrantha Urb.
NATURALIZED
Habit: Plant +- sparsely hairy. Leaf: petiole 2--3.5 cm; blade 8--12 mm, 9--15 mm wide. Flower: corolla +- 2 mm, white.
Ecology: Disturbed sites, canyons near urban areas; Elevation: < 1000 m. Bioregional Distribution: n SNF, SCo, expected elsewhere; Distribution Outside California: to eastern United States, Mexico, South America; southwestern Europe, Africa, southern Asia. Flowering Time: Apr--Jun Note: Cultivated as ground cover; easily confused with Dichondra donelliana.
Jepson eFlora Author: Robert E. Preston
Reference: Austin 1998 Econ Bot 52:88--106
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Citation for this treatment: Robert E. Preston 2012, Dichondra micrantha, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, https://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/eflora/eflora_display.php?tid=22864, accessed on June 27, 2022.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2022, Jepson eFlora, https://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/eflora/, accessed on June 27, 2022.

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n SNF, SCo, expected elsewhere
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