|Etymology||Genus||Earth-loving; referring to its creeping habit|
|Species||Creeping; referring to its habit|
|Synonyms||Psychotria herbacea L., Geocardia repens (L.) Bakh.f.|
|Common Names||Snake Pennywort (Pegaga Ular), Rat Pennywort (Pegaga Tikus)|
Its pollination and dispersal biology are poorly-documented, though Guppy (1906), and Ridley (1930) suggested it to be bird-dispersed because the brightly coloured fruits. A study by Yumoto (1999) in Colombia confirmed this through the observations of the Salvin's curassow (Mitu salvini), a ground-dwelling bird feeding on the fruits and postulated that it is an important disperser for Geophila repens.
Natural populations can still be found at the southern regions of Singapore, namely: at the manicured grass patches near Peirce Road, Henderson Road, Makeway Avenue, and Orchard Boulevard; in the cemeteries at Jalan Kubor and Outram Road; in Pearl's Hill City Park, Fort Canning Park, and Istana Park; and in the natural vegetation adjacant to Jacob Ballads Children's Garden (Teo et al., 2010; pers. comm. Crag W. & Koh J.; pers. obs.).
The Snake Pennywort, photographed in Pearl's Hill City Park.
Bright orange fruits and close-up of leaves.
The star-shaped flower.