Scientific Name: Dichondra carolinensis

Common Name: Carolina ponysfoot

Other Common Names: ponyfoot, kidney weed

Synonyms: Dichondra repens var. carolinensis

Habit: A creeping perennial with circular leaves, primarily a weed of lawns.

Leaves: Alternate, circular to kidney- shaped, with continuous, untoothed margins and long petioles.

Identifying Characteristics: Prostrate or creeping growth habit with circular leaves and entire margins. Dichondra may be confused with Ground Ivy (<a href='../../weedimg/264'>Glechoma hederacea</a>), however the square stems and toothed margins of ground ivy help to distinguish the two.

Flower Seed Head: Inconspicuous, in clusters in the leaf axils.

Where Found: Southern United States

  • Life cycle: perennial

  • Milky sap: Not Present

  • Plant type: Herb

  • Auricle: Not Present

  • Thorns: Not Present

  • Plant family: Convolvulacea

  • Leaf arrangement: alternate;

  • Leaf shape: heart;

  • Stem hairs: no hairs;

  • Ochrea: Not Present;

  • Leaf margin: entire;

  • Flower color: green; white;

  • Growth habit: prostrate and nonwoody;

  • Leaf structure: simple;

  • Leaf hairs: no hairs;

  • Flower diameter: pencil;

  • Flower symmetry: not symmetrical;

  • Root structure: taproot; fibrous;

  • Leaf stalk: longer than leaf;