Paronychia americana

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Paronychia americana
Paro amer.jpg
Photo by Patricia Howell, Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta - Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Caryophyllaceae
Genus: Paronychia
Species: P. americana
Binomial name
Paronychia americana
(Nutt.) Fenzl ex Walp.
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Natural range of Paronychia americana from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Common names: American nailwort; American whitlow-wort

Taxonomic notes

Synonyms: Paronychia americana (Nuttall) Fenzl ex Walpers ssp. americana; Paronychia americana (Nuttall) Fenzl ex Walpers ssp. pauciflora (Small) Chaudhri; Siphonychia americana (Nuttall) Torrey & Gray; Siphonychia pauciflora Small


A description of Paronychia americana is provided in The Flora of North America.




Paronychia americana can occur in sandhills, sand pine scrubs, turkey oak woods, wiregrass savannas, and grassy recreation fields. [1] Associated species include sand pine, live oak, turkey oak, bluejack oak, and wiregrass. [1]


Flowers March through May and September. [1]


The following Hymenoptera families and species were observed visiting flowers of Paronychia americana at Archbold Biological Station: [2]

Halictidae: Lasioglossum nymphalis, L. placidensis

Vespidae: Leptochilus krombeini

Conservation and management

Cultivation and restoration

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References and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Florida State University Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium database. URL: Last accessed: October 2015. Collectors: Loran C. Anderson, Michael B. Brooks, George R. Cooley, Bob Fewster, Robert K. Godfrey, Mike Jenkins, Walter Judd, R. Kral, Sidney McDaniel, Marc Minno, Joseph Monachino, Cecil R. Slaughter, Bian Tan, R.L. Wilbur. States and Counties: Alabama: Pike. Florida: Brevard, Collier, Columbia, Hernando, Flagler, Lake, Leon, Palm Beach. Georgia: Emanuel, Laurens, Telfair. Compiled by Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy.
  2. Deyrup, M.A. and N.D. 2015. Database of observations of Hymenoptera visitations to flowers of plants on Archbold Biological Station, Florida, USA.