Centella asiatica

Centella asiatica

(Pennywort)

FAMILY

Apiaceae

Species

Centella asiatica

Common name(s)

Pennywort

Flower colour; life form

Flowers pink-reddish. Herb, creeping, rooting at nodes

Distinguishing features

Leaves on long petioles (1-20 cm long) heart-shaped to almost circular, margins crenate. Flowers in umbels, inconspicuous, may be almost hidden in litter; petals usually pink to reddish. Fruit with 2 mericarps with 3-5 longitudinal ribs. This species a native of Australia also occurs as far north and west as India. It is often found as a weed of lawns where it favours moist shaded areas.

Centella asiatica