Genus of the Month


This page has been created for people who want to learn more about plants, especially in the context of their taxonomy (Latin names, etc.). This is by no means an exhaustive list of all available Web resources for a particular genus.
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This month's genus:


Superorder: Caryophyllidae
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Caryophyllaceae
Number of Species: about 9 (perhaps 50!)
Root: "dry" poss. referring to oak or wooden, "maria" the name Maria or Mary.

Species in the genus Drymaria seem to be mostly native to Mexico. Several of these warm-weather species are considered rare or endangered in the parts of the U.S. which are at the border of their natural ranges. There is one species, D. arenarioides, which is weedy in Mexico and is on the U.S. noxious weed list, as well as the lists for several states, including Arizona and Florida.

Here are a few links to images and descriptions of different Drymaria species:


  1. Heywood, V.H., ed. Flowering Plants of the World. New York, Oxford University Press: 1993.

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