2502.000 Dianthus - Pinks
Description of the genus
Herbs. Leaves opposite, often linear and glaucous. Flowers terminal, solitary, in loose cymes or in dense involucrate heads. Sepals united to form a tubular calyx; the calyx with numerous parallel obscure veins, bearing 4-10 epicalyx segments. Petals 5, entire, toothed or (in ours) deeply fimbriate; pink, red or white; coronal scales 0. Stamens 10. Styles 2. Fruit a 1-locular capsule with 4 teeth. Seeds flattened.
Derivation of name: from the Greek meaning 'flower of Jove'
Worldwide: c. 300 spp. in Europe and Asia with a few on tropical African mountains.
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Other sources of information about Dianthus:Flora of Zimbabwe
: cultivated Dianthus pageFlora of Mozambique
(electronic Plant Information Center): DianthusFlora Zambesiaca
web site: DianthusGoogle
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for DianthusIPNI
(International Plant Names Index): DianthusKew Herbarium catalogue
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten and Petra Ballings, 2002-13
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T. & Ballings, P.
. Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Dianthus.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=574, retrieved 21 May 2013