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Spreading plant growing on the Waikanae River Estuary

Warren Sutton
(Non-member from Kapiti Coast District)
20/06/2018 3:17:22 p.m.
The plant shown in the attached photo is growing in muddy sand on the Waikanae River estuary. It is low growing, has yellow flowers in summer, gets periodically flooded by either a very high tide or a river flood. There are no other plants growing nearby. I wondered if it is a Cotula or Leptinella.
The photo is of a plant growing in my garden [100% sand]. This plant is a little more vigorous than the plants growing on the river.
20/06/2018 3:24:19 p.m.
Looks like it might be Cotula coronopifolia http://www.nzpcn.org.nz/flora_details.aspx?ID=2304
22/06/2018 8:02:23 a.m.
Yes that is indeed Cotula coronopifolia - which is regarded as indigenous. It's a specie that naturally experience's population 'boom bust' episodes.

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