Phyla (genus)

Phyla /ˈflə/[2] is a genus of eustarid plants in the verbena family, Verbenaceae. The name is derived from the Greek word φυλή (phyle), meaning "tribe", and most likely refers to the tightly clustered flowers or the spreading, mat-like growth.[3] Members of the genus are known generally as fogfruit or frogfruit.[4] Species once classified in the genus Lippia may be known by the common name lippia. Some species, e.g. Aztec Sweet Herb (P. dulcis), are used in cooking.

Fogfruits or frogfruits
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Turkey tangle (P. nodiflora) with inflorescence
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Verbenaceae
Genus: Phyla
Type species
Phyla chinensis

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Selected speciesEdit


  1. ^ "Phyla Lour". TROPICOS. Missouri Botanical Garden. Retrieved 2009-12-02.
  2. ^ Kathleen N. Brenzel, ed. (1995). Sunset Western Garden Book (6 ed.). Sunset Publishing Corporation. pp. 606–607. ISBN 978-0-376-03851-7.
  3. ^ Quattrocchi, Umberto (2012). CRC World Dictionary of Medicinal and Poisonous Plants. CRC Press. p. 2895. ISBN 978-1420080445.
  4. ^ "Phyla". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 2013-04-25.
  5. ^ "Subordinate Taxa of Phyla Lour". TROPICOS. Missouri Botanical Garden. Retrieved 2009-12-02.
  6. ^ "GRIN Species Records of Phyla". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. Retrieved 2009-12-02.

External linksEdit

  •   Data related to Phyla at Wikispecies
  •   Media related to Phyla at Wikimedia Commons