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Pisonia Pisonia brunoniana Scientific classification Kingdom: Plantae (unranked): Angiosperms (unranked): Eudicots (unranked): Core eudicots Order: Caryophyllales Family: Nyctaginaceae Tribe: Pisonieae Genus: Pisonia L.[1] Type species Pisonia aculeata L.[2] Species See text Pisonia is a genus of flowering plants in the four o'clock flower family, Nyctaginaceae. It was named for Dutch physician and naturalist Willem Piso (1611-1678).[3] Certain species in this genus are known as Catchbirdtrees because their sticky seeds reportedly trap small birds. Such sticky seeds are postulated to be an evolutionary feature of some island species for adherence of their seeds to birds; thereby facilitating dispersal of seeds between islands. These include P. brunoniana of Australasia and Polynesia and P. umbellifera, which is widespread in the tropical Indo-Pacific region. Contents 1 Species 1.1 Formerly placed here 2 Gallery 3 References Species Pisonia aculeata L. – Pullback (pantropical)[4] Pisonia alba Span. Pisonia albida (Heimerl) Britton ex Standl. – Corcho Bobo Pisonia brunoniana Endl. – Australasian Catchbirdtree (Australasia and Polynesia) Pisonia capitata (S.Watson) Standl. – Mexican Devil's-Claws Pisonia donnell-smithii Heimerl ex Standl. (El Salvador, Guatemala) Pisonia ekmani Heimerl (Cuba) Pisonia excelsa Blume Pisonia floridana Britt. ex Small – Rock Key Devil's-Claws Pisonia graciliscens (Heimerl) Stenmerik (French Polynesia) Pisonia grandis R.Br. – Grand Devil's-Claws (Indo-Pacific) Pisonia notundata Griseb. Pisonia rotundata Griseb. – Smooth Devil's-Claws Pisonia sandwicensis Hillebr. – Āulu (Hawaii)[5] Pisonia sechellarum F.Friedmann (Seychelles) Pisonia siphonocarpa (Heimerl) Stenmerik (French Polynesia) Pisonia subcordata Sw. – Water Mampoo Pisonia umbellifera (J.R.Forst. & G.Forst.) Seem. – Umbrella Catchbirdtree (Indo-Pacific) Pisonia wagneriana Fosberg – Kauaʻi Catchbirdtree, Pāpala kēpau (island of Kauaʻi in Hawaii) Pisonia zapallo Griseb.[6][7] Formerly placed here Guapira discolor (Spreng.) Little (as P. discolor Spreng.)[7] Gallery Pisonia alba in Hyderabad, India. Pisonia alba in Hyderabad, India. Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Pisonia References ^ "Genus: Pisonia L.". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. 2010-07-07. http://www.ars-grin.gov/cgi-bin/npgs/html/genus.pl?9446. Retrieved 2010-11-18.  ^ "Pisonia L.". TROPICOS. Missouri Botanical Garden. http://www.tropicos.org/Name/40009615. Retrieved 2010-01-21.  ^ Quattrocchi, Umberto (2000). CRC World Dictionary of Plant Names: Common Names, Scientific Names, Eponyms, Synonyms, and Etymology. 3. p. 2083. ISBN 9780849326738. http://books.google.com/?id=kaN-hLL-3qEC.  ^ "Pisonia aculeata L. pull-back-and-hold" (PDF). International Institute of Tropical Forestry. United States Forest Service. http://www.fs.fed.us/global/iitf/pdf/shrubs/Pisonia%20aculeata.pdf. Retrieved 2010-01-21.  ^ Little Jr., Elbert L.; Roger G. Skolmen (1989) (PDF). Āulu. United States Forest Service. http://www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/forestry/Data/CommonTreesHI/CFT_Pisonia_sandwicensis.pdf.  ^ "Pisonia". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. http://www.itis.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt?search_topic=TSN&search_value=19606. Retrieved 2009-04-09.  ^ a b "GRIN Species records of Pisonia". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. http://www.ars-grin.gov/cgi-bin/npgs/html/splist.pl?9446. Retrieved 2010-01-21.  This Caryophyllales article is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.v · d · e