Many years ago, before water became so
expensive, dichondra lawns were fashionable. They were also low
maintanance, but required a lot of water. Now it is usually just
another weed in the lawn. Kidney weed is also known as western
Here is a close look at one of its
larger leaves. The leaf shape accounts for both common names,
kidney weed and poneyfoot.
By pushing some of the leaves aside I could find this flower, very tiny, and rising straight from the soil. The leaves also rise directly from the ground.
Here is the horozontal stem which runs along just below the surface of the ground. You can see how the leaves, roots and flowers are attached.
These are the very small fruit of the kidney weed. When they are mature they turn black.
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