2502.000 Dianthus L. - 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 species in Europe and Asia with a few on tropical African mountains.

Zambia: 1 cultivated taxon.

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zeyheri Sond. subsp. natalensis S.S. Hooper

Other sources of information about Dianthus:

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Flora of Botswana: Dianthus
Flora of Mozambique: Dianthus
Flora of Zambia: Dianthus
Flora of Zimbabwe: Dianthus
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Dianthus

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Dianthus
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Dianthus
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Dianthus
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Dianthus
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Dianthus
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Dianthus
JSTOR Plant Science: Dianthus
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Dianthus
Plants of the World Online: Dianthus
Tropicos: Dianthus
Wikipedia: Dianthus

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Cultivated plants: genus page: Dianthus.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/cult/genus.php?genus_id=574, retrieved 24 February 2024

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