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Common name: Chilean Nailwort
Paronychia franciscana Eastw. APNI*
Description: Prostrate perennial, often knotted and woody at base.
Leaves appearing whorled (opposite), narrow-elliptic to oblanceolate, 4–10 mm long, 1–2 mm wide, densely covered with simple hairs.
Sepals oblong, 1–2 mm long, concave, with an apical hood, ending in awns, 0.5–1 mm long. Stamens 5.
Capsule globose, c.1 mm long.
Distribution and occurrence: Weed of lawns and pastures, not common. Native of Chile.
NSW subdivisions: *CC, *SC
Other Australian states: *Vic.
Note: drawing of fruit with erect awns under P. brasiliana is actually P. franciscana
Text by A. Doust (1999); edited KL Wilson (May 2010)
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 Suppl. (1999)
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