Paronychia chartacea - Fern.
Paper-like Whitlow-wort
Other English Common Names: Paper Nailwort
Other Common Names: paper nailwort
Taxonomic Status: Accepted
Related ITIS Name(s): Paronychia chartacea Fern. (TSN 20326)
Unique Identifier: ELEMENT_GLOBAL.2.134023
Element Code: PDCAR0L050
Informal Taxonomy: Plants, Vascular - Flowering Plants - Pink Family
 
Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family Genus
Plantae Anthophyta Dicotyledoneae Caryophyllales Caryophyllaceae Paronychia
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Concept Reference
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Concept Reference: Kartesz, J.T. 1994. A synonymized checklist of the vascular flora of the United States, Canada, and Greenland. 2nd edition. 2 vols. Timber Press, Portland, OR.
Concept Reference Code: B94KAR01HQUS
Name Used in Concept Reference: Paronychia chartacea
Conservation Status
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NatureServe Status

Global Status: G3
Global Status Last Reviewed: 29Feb2000
Global Status Last Changed: 01Jun1993
Rounded Global Status: G3 - Vulnerable
Reasons: Endemic to Florida. The species is suffering from loss of habitat and successional pressures, but is locally abundant in some protected areas having appropriate management to maintain scrub habitats.
Nation: United States
National Status: N3

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United States Florida (S3)

Other Statuses

U.S. Endangered Species Act (USESA): LT: Listed threatened (21Jan1987)
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Lead Region: R4 - Southeast

NatureServe Global Conservation Status Factors

Range Extent Comments: Lake, Orange, Polk, Highlands, DeSoto Counties, Fla.

Number of Occurrences: 21 - 80
Number of Occurrences Comments: Depends on EO specs.

Population Size Comments: Can be locally common.

Overall Threat Impact Comments: Loss of habitat through housing and citrus development; successional canopy closure.

Intrinsic Vulnerability Comments: Plants abound in local clearing but are eliminated from large-scale clearings; can tolerate and probably promoted by fire.

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Distribution
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Global Range: Lake, Orange, Polk, Highlands, DeSoto Counties, Fla.

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United States FL

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U.S. Distribution by County Help
State County Name (FIPS Code)
FL Bay (12005), Highlands (12055), Lake (12069), Orange (12095), Osceola (12097), Polk (12105), Washington (12133)
* Extirpated/possibly extirpated
U.S. Distribution by Watershed Help
Watershed Region Help Watershed Name (Watershed Code)
03 Oklawaha (03080102)+, Kissimmee (03090101)+, Western Okeechobee Inflow (03090103)+, Peace (03100101)+, St. Andrew-St. Joseph Bays (03140101)+, Lower Choctawhatchee (03140203)+
+ Natural heritage record(s) exist for this watershed
* Extirpated/possibly extirpated
Ecology & Life History
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Basic Description: An annual that forms bright green, low growing mats of vegetation up to 10 cm thick, radiating from a taproot. The flowers lack petals, but have greenish or yellow-green sepals.
Technical Description: It is an annual plant, 3-10 centimenter (1-4 inches) tall forming bright green low round mats of many branches radiating form a taproot. the stems fork repeatedly from the base. Leaves are opposite, scalelike, rarely longer than 3 millimeters (0,12 inch). The small, white numerous flowers are solitary or in clusters of 3. They have 5 sepals, eachless than 1millimeter long (0.04 inch), and no petals (Martin. 1986. Endan. Sp. Tech Bull.).
Diagnostic Characteristics: Paronychia chartacea may be characterized by stems that fork repeatedly from the base, tiny scale-like leaves, and numerous small white flowers (Martin, 1986).
Duration: ANNUAL
Terrestrial Habitat(s): Shrubland/chaparral
Habitat Comments: Sand scrub of ancient dunes, in pure, white sand clearings or blowouts. Also on the sandy shores of sinkhole lakes. An early successional species.
Economic Attributes Not yet assessed
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Management Summary Not yet assessed
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Population/Occurrence Delineation Not yet assessed
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Population/Occurrence Viability
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U.S. Invasive Species Impact Rank (I-Rank) Not yet assessed
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Authors/Contributors
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NatureServe Conservation Status Factors Edition Date: 07Jan1985
NatureServe Conservation Status Factors Author: Hardin, E.D. (1985)
Element Ecology & Life History Edition Date: 02Jul1992

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References
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  • Core, E.L. 1941. The North American species of Paronychia. American Midland Naturalist 26: 369-397.

  • Hall, D.W. 1993. Illustrated plants of Florida and the Coastal Plain. Maupin House, Gainesville, Florida. 431 pp.

  • Kartesz, J.T. 1994. A synonymized checklist of the vascular flora of the United States, Canada, and Greenland. 2nd edition. 2 vols. Timber Press, Portland, OR.

  • Kral, R. 1983c. A report on some rare, threatened, or endangered forest-related vascular plants of the South. U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Forest Service Technical Publication R8-TP2, Athens, GA. 1305 pp.

  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 1987. Determination of endangered or threatened status for seven Florida scrub plants. Federal Register 52(13): 2227-2234.

  • Wunderlin, R.P. 1982. Guide to the vascular plants of central Florida. Univ. Presses Florida, Gainesville. 472 pp.

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