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Annual to perennial herb; rarely dioecious (Silene), taprooted or rhizome generally slender.
Leaf: simple, generally opposite (subwhorled), entire, pairs at nodes often ± connected at bases; stipules generally 0; petiole generally 0.
Inflorescence: generally cyme, generally open; flowers 1–many; involucre generally 0 (present in Dianthus, Petrorhagia).
Flower: generally bisexual, radial; hypanthium often present but obscure; sepals (4)5, ± free or fused into a tube, margins generally scarious, more so on inner 2 or not, tube generally not scarious, awns generally 0; petals (4)5 or 0, generally tapered to base (or with claw long, limb expanded), entire to 2–several-lobed, limb generally without scale-like appendages adaxially, generally without ear-like lobes at base; stamens generally 10, generally fertile, generally free, generally from ovary base; nectaries 0 or 5; ovary superior, generally 1-chambered, placentas basal or free-central, styles 2–5 with 0 branches or 1 with 2–3 branches.
Fruit: capsule or utricle (rarely ± dehiscent), generally sessile.
Seed: appendage generally 0 (present in Moehringia).
83 or 89 genera, 3000 species: widespread, especially arctic, alpine, temperate n hemisphere; some cultivated (Agrostemma, Arenaria, Cerastium, Dianthus, Gypsophila, Lychnis, Sagina, Saponaria, Silene, Vaccaria). [Rabeler & Hartman 2005 FNANM 5:3–215] Apetalous Caryophyllaceae can also be keyed in Rabeler & Hartman 2005 FNANM 5:5–8. —Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.
Key to Caryophyllaceae
Annual, erect to prostrate, taprooted.
Leaf: stipules 0.4–1.5 mm, bristle-like, scarious, entire, ± white; blade awl-like to oblong; vein 0–1.
Inflorescence: axillary, sessile; flowers 1–2.
Flower: sepals 5, 2.7–6 mm, ± free, ± lanceolate, glandular-hairy; petals 0 or vestigial; stamens 3–5; styles 3, < 0.1 mm.
Fruit: capsule, 1.5–3.7 mm, lanceoloid to ovoid; valves 3, ± recurved at tip.
Seed: many, tan with red-brown band on curved edge.
7 species: North America, Medit, sw Asia. (P. Loefling, Swedish botanist, explorer, 1729–1756) [Hartman & Rabeler 2005 FNANM 5:26–27]
Plant 1–12 cm, much-branched at base, glandular-hairy, ± fleshy.
Leaf: blade 2–7 mm, erect to ± recurved, bristly; bases generally fused into a short scarious sheath; tip blunt to spine-tipped.
Flower: cleistogamous; sepals awned, becoming hardened, margin often scarious, lateral spurs often present, bristly.
Fruit: 0.5–0.8 × sepals, 3-angled.
Seed: 0.4–0.7 mm, minutely papillate on flat edge.
Sand, gravel of hills, mesas, dunes, disturbed areas; < 1200 m. Tehachapi Mountain Area, San Joaquin Valley, San Francisco Bay Area, South Coast, Peninsular Ranges, Great Basin Floristic Province, Mojave Desert;
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Citation for an individual treatment: [Author of taxon treatment] [year]. [Taxon name] in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, [URL for treatment]. Accessed on [month, day, year].
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