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Genus Gypsophila Family Caryophyllaceae

Description: Annual to perennial herbs.

Leaves ± linear, opposite, sometimes appearing whorled, fused at base; stipules absent.

Flowers in dichasial cymes, or sometimes in heads or solitary; bracts green, scarious. Calyx ovoid, 5-toothed, with 5 veins forming prominent angles. Petals 5. Stamens 10. Ovary 1-locular; styles 2.

Capsule opening by 4 teeth.


Distribution and occurrence: World: 100 species, chiefly SE Europe to West Africa. Australia: 1 species (native)

Text by A. Doust
Taxon concept:

One species in NSW: Gypsophila tubulosa

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