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Water Pennywort

Scientific Name: Hydrocotyle spp. 

Distinguishing Characteristics:
Each stem has a single terminal leaf that is nearly round with shallow cleft; about the size of a half-dollar; similar to terrestrial dollarweed.
Stem attaches to center of leaf. 
Usually found growing along shoreline in moist soil or very shallow water; can also form floating mat of tangled stems that are erect on terminal end similar to Myriophyllum aquaticum.

Hydrocotyl spp. taken by Graves Lovell

Hydrocotyl spp. taken by Graves Lovell

Hydrocotyl spp. taken by Graves Lovell

Hydrocotyl spp. taken by Graves Lovell