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Genus Dianthus Family Caryophyllaceae

Description: Annual to perennial herbs, often containing saponins.

Leaves narrow, grass-like, often glaucous, sheathing at base; stipules absent.

Inflorescence terminal, loose or compact. Calyx tubular, green, with 5 teeth and 2–6 enclosing bracts. Petals with a long narrow claw and an entire or toothed lamina. Stamens 10. Styles 2.

Capsule borne on a gynophore, opening by 4 short teeth; seeds reddish brown.


Distribution and occurrence: World: c. 100 species, primarily Mediterranean, but extending to southern Africa & Japan. Australia: 2 species (naturalized), N.S.W., Vic., Tas.

Text by A. Doust
Taxon concept:

 Key to the species 
1Erect, shortly hairy annual; leaves linear-acuminate, margins smoothDianthus armeria
Erect glabrous perennial; leaves narrow-ovate to lanceolate, margins scabrousDianthus barbatus

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