Hydrocotyle hirta

Common name: 

Hairy Pennywort


(alternate family: Apiaceae)

Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

Wannon, Grampians, Midlands, Victorian Volcanic Plain, Otway Plain, Otway Range, Eastern Highlands, Gippsland Plain, Wilsons Promontory, Snowfields, East Gippsland (DEJKNPRSTVWXZ)

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Distribution and ecological preference at Wilsons Promontory (if known):

Common in damp shaded sites in forests and woodlands, especially along the side of tracks1

Flower description:

Pale yellow, often red dotted2


Trailing perennial herb1

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

Most common pennywort at the prom. Stems are hairy3,2

Image of Hydrocotyle hirta
Image of Hydrocotyle hirta
Image of Hydrocotyle hirta Image: Mary Ellis
Conservation status:

Not threatened


1 Meagher, D. and Kohout, M. (2001). “A field guide to Wilsons Promontory”. Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, Vic.
2 Walsh, N. G. and Entwisle, T. J. “Flora of Victoria”, volumes 2 (1994), 3 (1996) and 4 (1999). Inkata Press, Port Melbourne, Victoria
3 Ellis, M. (unpublished). “A Field Guide to South Gippsland Flora”.