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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Ordo: Caryophyllales

Familia: Caryophyllaceae
Tribe: Polycarpeae
Genus: Polycarpaea
Species: P. akkensis – P. angustipetala – P. arenaria – P. arida – P. aristata – P. aurea – P. balfourii – P. basaltica – P. billei – P. breviflora – P. caespitosa – P. carnosa – P. clavifolia – P. corymbosa – P. darbandensis – P. diffusa – P. divaricata – P. diversifolia – P. douliotii – P. eriantha – P. fallax – P. filifolia – P. gamopetala – P. garuensis – P. gaudichaudii – P. gayi – P. glabrifolia – P. grahamii – P. guardafuiensis – P. hassalensis – P. hassleriana – P. haufensis – P. hayoides – P. helichrysoides – P. holtzei – P. inaequalifolia – P. incana – P. involucrata – P. jazirensis – P. kuriensis – P. latifolia – P. linearifolia – P. longiflora – P. majumdariana – P. microceps – P. multicaulis – P. nivea – P. paulayana – P. philippioides – P. pobeguinii – P. poggei – P. pulvinata – P. repens – P. rheophytica – P. robbairea – P. robusta – P. rosulans – P. rubioides – P. smithii – P. somalensis – P. spicata – P. spirostylis – P. staminodina – P. stellata – P. stylosa – P. sumbana – P. tenax – P. teneriffae – P. tenuifolia – P. tenuis – P. tenuistyla – P. thymoidea – P. timorensis – P. umbrosa – P. ventiversa – P. violacea – P. zollingeri

Polycarpaea Lam. J. Hist. Nat. 2: 3, 5. (1792) nom. et typ. cons. against Polia Lour., Fl. Cochinch. 97, 164 (1790)

Type species: Polycarpaea teneriffae Lam. J. Hist. Nat. 2: 3, 5. (1792) typ. cons.


Robbairea Boiss., Fl. Orient. 1: 735. (1867)
Reesia Ewart in Proc. Roy. Soc. Victoria, n.s., 26: 9. (1913)
Aylmeria Mart.
Calycotropis Turcz.
Hagaea Vent.
Hyala L'Hér. ex DC.
Lahaya Schult.
Mollia Willd.
Polia Lour.
Polium Stokes


Lamarck, J.-B. 1792. Journal d'Histoire Naturelle 2: 3, 5, pl. 25.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2020. Polycarpaea in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2020 Dec. 26. Reference page.
Hassler, M. 2017. Polycarpaea. World Plants: Synonymic Checklists of the Vascular Plants of the World In: Roskovh, Y., Abucay, L., Orrell, T., Nicolson, D., Bailly, N., Kirk, P., Bourgoin, T., DeWalt, R.E., Decock, W., De Wever, A., Nieukerken, E. van, Zarucchi, J. & Penev, L., eds. 2017. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2017 May 22. Reference page.
Hernández-Ledesma, P., Berendsohn, W. G., Borsch, T., Mering, S. v., Akhani, H., Arias, S., Castañeda-Noa, I., Eggli, U., Eriksson, R., Flores-Olvera, H., Fuentes-Bazán, S., Kadereit, G., Klak, C., Korotkova, N., Nyffeler R., Ocampo G., Ochoterena, H., Oxelman, B., Rabeler, R. K., Sanchez, A., Schlumpberger, B. O. & Uotila, P. 2015. A taxonomic backbone for the global synthesis of species diversity in the angiosperm order Caryophyllales. Willdenowia 45(3): 281–383. DOI: 10.3372/wi.45.45301 Open access Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2017. Polycarpaea. Published online. Accessed: May 22 2017. 2017. Polycarpaea. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2017 May 30.


USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Polycarpaea in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service.
Polycarpaea Lam. – Taxon details on National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).

Polycarpaea is a genus of plants in the family Caryophyllaceae. The genus was named by Jean-Baptiste Lamarck in 1792.

Molecular phylogenetic analysis showed that the genus is polyphyletic and needs to be redefined. It falls into three distinct clades. One of these, a group of species related to P. corymbosa, has acquired the C4 photosynthetic pathway.[1]
Selected species

It contains the following species (but this list may be incomplete):

Polycarpaea akkensis Maire.
Polycarpaea aristata Chr.Sm.
Polycarpaea balfourii Briq.
Polycarpaea caespitosa Balf.f.
Polycarpaea carnosa Chr.Sm.
Polycarpaea clavifolia M.Gilbert.
Polycarpaea corymbosa (L.) Lam.
Polycarpaea divaricata Aiton.
Polycarpaea filifolia Webb ex Christ.
Polycarpaea gaudichaudii Gagnepain.
Polycarpaea gayi Webb.
Polycarpaea guardafuiensis M.Gilbert.
Polycarpaea hassalensis D.F.Chamb.
Polycarpaea hayoides D.F.Chamb.
Polycarpaea kuriensis Wagner
Polycarpaea latifolia Poiret.
Polycarpaea nivea Aiton.
Polycarpaea paulayana Wagner
Polycarpaea pulvinata M.Gilbert.
Polycarpaea repens (Forsskal) Ascherson & Schweinf.
Polycarpaea robbairea (Kunze) Greuter & Burdet.
Polycarpaea smithii Link.
Polycarpaea somalensis Engl.
Polycarpaea spicata Wight ex Arn.
Polycarpaea tenuis Webb ex Christ.
Polycarpaea ventiversa M.Gilbert.


Kool, Annaleen (2012). Desert plants and deserted islands: systematics and ethnobotany in Caryophyllaceae (PhD thesis). Uppsala University. pp. 35–36. ISBN 978-91-554-8471-2. Retrieved 23 June 2018. open access

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