Herniaria

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Herniaria
Herniariaglabra2.jpg
Herniaria glabra
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Caryophyllaceae
Genus: Herniaria
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Species

20-45, see text

Herniaria is a genus of flowering plants in the pink family known generally as ruptureworts.[1] They are native to Eurasia and Africa but several species have been widely introduced to other continents. These are flat, mat-forming annual herbs.[2] The genus gets its scientific and common names from the once-held belief that species could be used as an herbal remedy for hernias.[3]

Selected species[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ USDA Plants Profile: Species in North America
  2. ^ Jepson Manual Treatment
  3. ^ Flora of North America

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