Pisonia

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Pisonia
PisoniaBrunoniana2.jpg
Pisonia brunoniana
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Nyctaginaceae
Tribe: Pisonieae
Genus: Pisonia
L.[1]
Type species
Pisonia aculeata
L.[2]
Species

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Pisonia is a genus of flowering plants in the four o'clock flower family, Nyctaginaceae. It was named for Dutch physician and naturalist Willem Piso (1611-1678).[3] Certain species in this genus are known as catchbirdtrees, birdcatcher trees or birdlime trees because their sticky seeds reportedly trap small birds. Such sticky seeds are postulated to be an evolutionary feature of some island species for adherence of their seeds to birds; thereby facilitating dispersal of seeds between islands. These include P. brunoniana of Australasia and Polynesia and P. umbellifera, which is widespread in the tropical Indo-Pacific region.

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  1. ^ "Genus: Pisonia L.". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. 2010-07-07. Retrieved 2010-11-18. 
  2. ^ "Pisonia L.". TROPICOS. Missouri Botanical Garden. Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
  3. ^ Quattrocchi, Umberto (2000). CRC World Dictionary of Plant Names: Common Names, Scientific Names, Eponyms, Synonyms, and Etymology 3. p. 2083. ISBN 978-0-8493-2673-8. 
  4. ^ "Pisonia aculeata L. pull-back-and-hold" (PDF). International Institute of Tropical Forestry. United States Forest Service. Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
  5. ^ Little Jr., Elbert L.; Roger G. Skolmen (1989). "Āulu" (PDF). United States Forest Service. 
  6. ^ "Pisonia". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 2009-04-09. 
  7. ^ a b "GRIN Species records of Pisonia". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. Retrieved 2010-01-21.