Obolaria virginica L.
Virginia pennywort is a North American native. The genus Obolaria is from the Greek obolos (ὀβολός), or “small coin,” since the leaves are coin-like in shape.
Identification: Plants are 4-10" (10-25 cm) high, often less than 6" (15 cm), nestled amongst the leaf litter on moist forest floors, where they are easily overlooked. Stems are pale green to purplish. Plants have opposite green or purplish green leaves that are roundish or spatula-shaped. Flowers are white or purplish, appearing in March to June.
Obolaria virginica on North Carolina Wildflowers, Shrubs, & Trees, by Jeff Pippen
Obolaria virginica on Discover Life
Obolaria virginica on Southeastern Flora, the Southeastern U.S. Plant Identification Resource (many photos)
Obolaria virginica on www.mbc.edu
Obolaria virginica at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Obolaria virginica on Missouriplants.com
Obolaria virginica at the Vanderbilt University Bioimages web site
Obolaria virginica description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.