Paronychia Mill.

First published in Gard. Dict. Abr., ed. 4.: [s.p.] (1754)
This genus is accepted
The native range of this genus is Temp. & Subtropical America, Macaronesia, Medit. to Iran and NE. Tropical Africa.

Descriptions

M. Thulin et al. Flora of Somalia, Vol. 1-4 [updated 2008] https://plants.jstor.org/collection/FLOS

Morphology General Habit
Perennial or, less often, annual herbs, often suffruticose or woody at base, usually much branched
Morphology Leaves
Leaves sessile or subsessile, members of pair often unequal, tip often cuspidate or mucronate; stipules ovate-lanceolate, often conspicuous
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Flowers mostly in terminal or lateral clusters, rarely in cymes, small, usually ± concealed by large silvery scarious bracts
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers 5-merous, receptacle cup-shaped
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals mostly hooded with scarious margin and subapical awn
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens (1–)5, usually alternating with 5 staminodes
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary ovoid, narrowed upwards to distinct style with 2 stigma lobes or 2 free styles; ovule 1
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Utricle enclosed within persistent perianth, wall membranous, breaking irregularly
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seed subglobose, smooth.
Distribution
Over 110 species ± equally divided between the New World, with centres of diversity in Peru and the SE U.S.A., and the Old World from the Cape Verde Islands to Iran with a centre of diversity in and around Turkey, only seven species penetrating into tropical Africa south to Chad, Ethiopia and Somalia plus one S American species also found in S Africa and Australia.
[FSOM]

Sources

  • Flora of Somalia

    • Flora of Somalia
    • http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0
  • Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

  • Kew Backbone Distributions

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2024. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and https://powo.science.kew.org/
    • © Copyright 2023 World Checklist of Vascular Plants. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
  • Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2024. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and https://powo.science.kew.org/
    • © Copyright 2023 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0