Dichondra micrantha is now found in many warm-temperate and subtropical regions of the world. It was originally introduced as a substitute for grasses in lawns (also as ground cover or soil binder) but readily escaped and now has become weedy in several countries, also in southern Europe. Further north it is an exceptional and usually ephemeral alien. It was established for some time in coastal dunes in Cornwall in the British Isles (Stace 2010). This species was long known as (and is still sometimes confused with; see Zielinski & Tan 2000) D. repens. The latter, however, is a species confined to Australia and New Zealand (Lawalrée 1970, Forde 1978).