Paronychia (plant)

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Paronychia
Paronychia argentea (286232698).jpg
Paronychia argentea
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Caryophyllaceae
Genus: Paronychia
P.Mill.
Species

110+, see text

Paronychia is a genus of plants in the pink family with over 110 species worldwide, mostly from warm-temperate North America, Eurasia, South America and Africa. They are herbs that are annual or biennial or perennial in life span. Some species have a woody base. For the most part they have small, white to yellow-white colored flowers that are often hidden within the paired bracts.

The genus Siphonychia has been incorporated into Paronychia by botanists.

The common names for some of the species include chickweed, nailwort, and Whitlow-wort. The genus gets its name from the disease of the fingernails which it was once thought to cure.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Paronychia argentea Lam.". Plants For A Future. 
  2. ^ "Paronychia argyrocoma (Michx.) Nutt. - silvery nailwort". Natural Resources Conservation Services, United States Department of Agriculture. 
  3. ^ "Paronychia virginica Spreng. - yellow nailwort". Natural Resources Conservation Services, United States Department of Agriculture. 

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