Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides Lam.

Etymology Genus Water cup; a description of its habitat and circular leaf form
Species After John Sibthorp, an English Botanist
Family Araliaceae
Synonyms Chondrocarpus sibthorpioides Sweet, Hydrocotyle monticola Hook. f.
Common Names Asiatic Pennywort, Lawn Pennywort, Lawn Marsh Pennywort
Status Native: Common
Form Herb
Native Distribution Africa, Yemen, East Asia, India subcontinent, Indochina (Thailand Vietnam), and Malesia


This is a small creeping herb found on moist and shady lawns, commonly found with mosses. The leaves are small (about 1cm), circular with lobing margins, and a slit breaking to the centre.

Interesting Facts:

The flowers of the Asiatic Pennywort are extremely small (about 1mm each) and are packed in clusters.

Close-up of the leaves

The habitat of the Asiatic Pennywort, shady and moist areas.

The miniscule flowers. Each is about or less than 1mm.

The immature fruit with its leaf as scale.



Author: Jake
Posted: 2013-05-01 / Modified: 2015-01-11