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Key to Hydrocotyle

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Show caption*© Richard & Teresa Ware
1 Leaves peltate, lacking a sinus extending to the attachment of the petiole.
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Show caption*© Richard & Teresa Ware
..2 Inflorescence umbellate; leaves 1-4 (-7) cm wide
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Show caption*© Aidan Campos
..2 Inflorescence verticillate or umbellate-verticillate (when first developing sometimes appearing merely umbellate); leaves 1-15 cm wide.
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Show caption*© Aidan Campos
....3 Inflorescence compound, the main inflorescence axis with nodes which produce verticils or umbels of pedicellate flowers, the inflorescence nodes also producing branches which themselves produce verticils or umbels of flowers; leaves (1-) 4-15 cm wide, the blade characteristically held in a vertical plane
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Show caption*© Gary P. Fleming
....3 Inflorescence verticillate, all the flowers borne sessile or on pedicels on the unbranched inflorescence axis; leaves 1-6 cm wide, the blae usually more-or-less in a horizontal plane.
......4 Flowers and fruits pedicellate, the pedicels 1-10 mm long
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......4 Flowers and fruits sessile or subsessile
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Show caption*© Herbert L. Amyx
1 Leaves not peltate, a sinus extending to the attachment of the petiole.
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Show caption*© Herbert L. Amyx
........5 Central leaf lobe notably more distinct than the other lobes (the sinuses on either side extending 1/3 to 3/4 of the way to the petiolar attachment); stems and petioles fleshy
........5 Central leaf lobe not more distinct than the other lobes (the sinuses on either side extending 1/10 to 1/4 the way to the petiolar attachment); stems and petioles filiform.
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Show caption*© Erik Danielson
..........6 Fruiting umbels on peduncles 1-3 mm long; leaves 10-50 mm wide; [native of bogs, spray cliffs, and other wetlands]
..........6 Fruiting umbels on peduncles 9-24 mm long; leaves 5-30 mm wide; [alien of lawns and other disturbed habitats].
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Show caption*© Sonnia Hill
............ 7 Leaves 5-lobed, 15-30 mm wide
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Show caption*© Gary P. Fleming
............ 7 Leaves 7-lobed, 5-13 mm wide
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