|Etymology||Genus||After Antonio de Meca y Cardona, a Spanish patron of botany|
|Species||Lying on the ground; referring to its prostrate habit|
|Synonyms||Bacopa chamaedryoides (Kunth) Wettst., Erinus procumbens Mill., Monniera procumbens (Mill.) Kuntze|
|Common Names||Baby Jump-Up|
|Native Distribution||USA, Mexico, Caribbean, Central America, southwards to Chile & Argentina|
A wildflower found occasionally in grass patches or drains, Mecardonia procumbens can be identified from its oppositely arranged serrated leaves, which is oval in shape. The stem is angled at 4 sides. The small bright yellow flowers and the fruits are encapsulated by the large persistent sepals.
This is a new record for Singapore, with it being first published in a guide book by Kaw & Neo (2018). Their flowers resemble miniature versions of certain Viola species as known as Jump-Ups, hence their common names (Flowers of India, n.d.).
Creeping form growing from a crack in a monsoon drain.
Oppositely arranged, serrated leaves.
Fruits or unopened flower encapsulated by the large sepals.
Kaw JB & Neo L (2018) Wayside Flowers of Singapore. Straits Times Press, Singapore. 192 pp.
Flowers of India (n.d.) Baby Jump Up. http://www.flowersofindia.net. Accessed 25-Nov-2018.