Paronychia canadensis (L.) A.W.Wood  
Family: Caryophyllaceae
smooth forked nail-wort, smooth-forked nailwort, tall forked chickweed
[Anychia canadensis "(L.) Britton, Sterns & Poggenb.", Anychia dichotoma Michx., Paronychia dichotoma (Michx.) A.Nelson]
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Kitty Kohout  
Etymology: Paronychia: Greek name for "whitlow," and the plant thought to be its cure
Plants: erect, annual forb with smooth, forking stems
Leaves: small, oval, opposite, toothless, often dotted, with obvious stipules
Flowers: green, 5-parted, 1/8" wide, no petals; sepals rounded; inflorescence a dense, branched cluster (cyme); blooms June-Sept.
Fruits: capsule with 1 smooth, reddish-black seed
Habitat: sun; in sandy soil
Conservation Status: Native
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Kitty Kohout  
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