Dichondra J.R. Forst. & G. Forst.

Dichondra counts ca. 15 species in the tropical and warm-temperate regions of the world (Mabberley 2008, Felger & al. 2012). At least two species are economically important. D. micrantha Urb. is widely grown as groundcover or as a substitute for lawn grasses, especially in warm-temperate areas. It then easily escapes and is often considered a troublesome weed. A second species, D. argentea Humb. & Bonpl. ex Willd., is a relative newcomer in horticulture. In recent years it is sometimes grown as an ornamental, also in Belgium. Both species have been recorded in Belgium in recent times.

1. Leaves with upper surface green and glabrous === Dichondra micrantha

1. Leaves silvery on upper surface, sericeous === D. argentea


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Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith