Paronychia argentea

Paronychia argentea

''Paronychia argentea'' is an herbaceous plant from the family Caryophyllaceae that grows in sandy areas, ways, abandoned fields and dry terrains.
Paronychia argentea  Paronychia argentea

Appearance

It is an annual species with procumbent habits, which reaches 30 cm height. Similar to ''Paronychia capitata'' but with almost all glabrous leaves, a rigid and prominent sow, and calyx lobules with transparent margins.Blamey, Marjorie; Grey-Wilson Christopher .

The stem is glabrous or pubescent, with opposite, elliptical and mucronate leaves.

The flowers grow in lateral and terminal glomerulus. They are hermaphrodite, pentamerous and actinomorphic, accompanied with scaly silver bracts bigger that themselves. The fruit is an achene.
Paronychia argentea  Geotagged,Paronychia argentea,Spring

Distribution

They can be encountred all around the Mediterranean Sea. It grows in abandoned or dry terrains, dunes and ditches, and flourishes from winter to summer.

Habitat

They can be encountred all around the Mediterranean Sea. It grows in abandoned or dry terrains, dunes and ditches, and flourishes from winter to summer.

Uses

It is used stewed, as a diuretic and blood purifier, and as a plaster to cure wounds.García Muñoz, B. .

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Taxonomy
KingdomPlantae
DivisionAngiosperms
ClassEudicots
OrderCaryophyllales
FamilyCaryophyllaceae
GenusParonychia
SpeciesP. argentea
Photographed in
Israel