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Genus Paronychia Family Caryophyllaceae

Description: Annual or perennial herbs, sometimes woody at base, glabrous or scabrous.

Leaves opposite or whorled; stipules scarious, silvery.

Flowers small in axillary clusters, almost concealed by silvery-scarious bracts. Sepals 5, hooded. Petals minute or absent. Stamens 2–5. Ovary 1-locular; styles 2.

Capsule enclosed in calyx, 1-seeded, indehiscent.


Distribution and occurrence: World: c. 100 species, North & South America, Europe. Australia: 3 species (naturalized), N.S.W., Vic., S.A.

Text by A. Doust
Taxon concept:

 Key to the species 
1Flower clusters ± exposed; internodes clearly visible; flowers glabrous or with a few short hairs; sepals equal, deeply hooded at maturity; awns 0.5–1 mm long, spreadingParonychia brasiliana
Flower clusters mostly concealed by leaves and stipules; internodes hidden also; flowers with short hairs; sepals somewhat unequal, slightly hooded; awns 0.4–0.7 mm long, erect to spreadingParonychia franciscana

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