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Pakistan | Family List | Caryophyllaceae | Dianthus

9. Dianthus barbatus L., Sp. Pl. 409. 1753. Reeve in Fl. Turk. 2:123. 1967; Stewart, Ann. Cat. Vasc. Pl. W. Pak. & Kashm. 242. 1972.


Perennial, up to 70 cm tall. Leaves subtending many flowers in heads. Bracteoles 4-6, ovate with a membranous ciliate margin, apex long acuminate, almost as long as the calyx tube. Calyx 17-23 mm, tubular, teeth lanceolate, acute to acuminate. Petals pink to red or purplish; limb dentate at apex, barbulate.

Fl. Per.: April-May.

Syntypes: Hb. Linn. 581.1; Hb. Clifford 165 (BM); Hb. Burser XI: 86 (UPS).

Sweet William is commonly cultivated in gardens. The petals are variously coloured.


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