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Paronychia argentea - Paronychia

Paronychia argentea

Taxonomy

Phylum: Anthophyta

Class: Equisetopsida

Order: Caryophyllales

Family: Caryophyllaceae

This plant forms dense mats in sandy places such as sand dunes and along coastal paths and tracks. Its flowers are rather curious and papery in appearance; they have sepals but no petals. It is a member of the Pink family (Caryophyllaceae) and blooms from December to July.

Distribution

Paronychiaoccurs extensively in the western and central Mediterranean region, in Spain and also in Crete and North Africa.

Paronychia argentea can easily be confused with Paronychia capitata which looks very similar and grows in the same habitats, although its flowering season is somewhat shorter, from March until June.

The specimen shown here was photographed in April in the Algarve region of southern Portugal .