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Scientific Name:Cotula coronopifolia
Image:  Water Buttons
Water Buttons


Native of South Africa. Naturalised in all Australian states and New Zealand.

Plant Description:

Hairless, low growing,
perennial herb, spreading from stolons (runners/horizontal stems). Leaves and stems are semi-succulent. The leaves are usually jagged or lobed but sometimes smooth-edged and up to 5 cm long with a base which is clasping or enclosing the stem. Flowers are small yellow, and button-like. Flowers in winter and spring.


Grows on a wide range of soils from sandy loams to clays.

RegionSalinity ClassWaterlogging Class
Loddon Murray, Central and NorthernS0, S1, S2, S3W2, W3
Wimmera, Western, GippslandS0, S1, S2, S3, S4W3, W4


Restricted to wet soils that are periodically flooded. Exists in moderately saline, waterlogged soils, and may form large mats over shallow water. Water Buttons is similar to
Ferny Cotula but the latter has finely and often twice divided leaves and white flowers with yellow centres.

Water Buttons Photos

Image:  Water Buttons - flower
Water Buttons - flower

Photo: A J Brown
Image:  Water Buttons - Plants
Water Buttons - plants
Photo: A J Brown
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