Common name: Chilean Whitlow Wort, Brazilian Whitlow
Paronychia brasiliana DC. APNI*
Description: Prostrate perennial herb with stems scabrous to finely hairy, often knotted and rather woody.
Leaves linear to elliptic or obovate, 3–8 mm long, 1–2 mm wide, hairy, awned.
Sepals oblong, 1–2 mm long, glabrous or almost so, reddish, ending in awns 0.5–1 mm long. Stamens 5.
Capsule globose, c. 1 mm long.
Distribution and occurrence: A troublesome weed in lawns and pastures, chiefly in sandy soils. Native of S Amer.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *SC, *NT, *CT, *ST, *NWS, *CWS, *NWP, *SWP
Other Australian states: *Qld *Vic. *S.A.
Note: drawing of fruit with erect awns is P. franciscana not P. brasiliana
Text by A. Doust (1999); edited KL Wilson (May 2010)
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 Suppl. (1999)
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