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Cladus: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Divisio: Magnoliophyta
Classis: Magnoliopsida
Ordo: Caryophyllales
Familia: Montiaceae
Genus: Cistanthe
Sectiones: C. sect. Amarantoideae - C. sect. Calyptridium - C. sect. Cistanthe - C. sect. Philippiamra
Species: (45-50 spp.) C. ambigua - C. maritima - C. monandra - C. monosperma - C. parryi - C. pulchella - C. pygmaea - C. quadripetala - C. rosea - C. umbellata


Cistanthe Spach, 1836.



* Calyptridium Nutt.
* Philippiamra Kuntze
* Spraguea Torrey


* Hershkovitz, M.A. 1991. Phylogenetic assessment and revised circumscription of Cistanthe Spach (Portulacaceae). Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 78(4): 1009-1021.
* Spach, É. 1836. Hist. Nat. Vég. (Spach) 5: 229.

Cistanthe is a plant genus which includes most plants known as pussypaws. These are small, succulent flowering plants which often bear brightly colored flowers, though they vary quite a bit between species in appearance. Some species have flowers that are tightly packed into fluffy-looking inflorescences, the trait that gives them their common name. Many are adapted to arid environments, with some able to withstand climates that almost completely lack rainfall. Cistanthe was a genus created to segregate several species previously classified in Calandrinia. Several species from other closely related genera have been moved into Cistanthe as well.

Selected species:

* Cistanthe amaranthoides
* Cistanthe ambigua - desert pussypaws
* Cistanthe arancioana
* Cistanthe calycina
* Cistanthe celosioides
* Cistanthe cephalophora
* Cistanthe cymosa
* Cistanthe grandiflora
* Cistanthe guadalupensis
* Cistanthe maritima - seaside pussypaws
* Cistanthe monandra - common pussypaws, sandcress
* Cistanthe monosperma - one-seeded pussypaws
* Cistanthe parryi - Parry's pussypaws
* Cistanthe pulchella - Mariposa pussypaws
* Cistanthe pygmaea - pygmy pussypaws
* Cistanthe quadripetala - fourpetal pussypaws
* Cistanthe rosea - rosy pussypaws
* Cistanthe salsoloides
* Cistanthe tweedyi - Tweedy's pussypaws
* Cistanthe umbellata - Mount Hood pussypaws

Further reading

* Hershkovitz, M. A. (1991). Phylogenetic assessment and revised circumscription of Cistanthe Spach (Portulacaceae). Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 78(4) 1009-21

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