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Azorella trifurcata (Azorella)

Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Apiales
Family: Apiaceae
Subfamily: Hydrocotyloideae
Genus: Azorella
Species: Azorella trifurcata
Common name: Azorella

Azorella trifurcate is a evergreen, carpeting perennial from South America from Tierra Del Fuego and north to latitude 37°S. It grows there in coastal sands and gravels, stream banks, and forest margins to up to 200 masl.
Azorella trifurcate has deep green glossy foliage is composed of three, or occasionally five, leaflets shaped like a ducks foot, each leaflet terminating in a point. Small, individual yellow flowers cover the plant in summer. It forms a compact glossy green mat up to 5 cm high.
There are several cultivars available in New Zealand