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Published In: Species Plantarum 1: 406. 1753. (1 May 1753) (Sp. Pl.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

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Over 120 species centred mainly in the Mediterranean and Irano-Tuianian regions, but also in other north-temperate regions of the Old World. 


Literature: Williams F.N., Revision of the specific forms of the genus Gypsophila. Journ. Bot. Lond. 27: 321-329 (1889). Stroh G., Die Gattung Gypsophila Linn. Vor-laufiger Katalog. Beth. Bot. Centralbl. 59, 2: 455-477 (1939). Barkoudah Y.I., A revision of Gypsophila, Bolanthus, Ankyropetalum and Phryna. Wentia 9: 1-203 (1962).


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Annual or perennial herbs or shrubs. Leaves opposite, exstipulate. Inflorescences cymose, dichasially branched. Bracts mostly scarious, rarely herbaceous. Flowers small, herm¬aphrodite, sometimes unisexual. Calyx top-shaped or hemispherical or campanulate, rarely cylindrical, with 5-nerved tube membranous between nerves, and with 5 teeth. Petals 5, white or pink, mostly cuneate, tapering into a wingless claw, without coronal scales. Stamens 10, free. Ovary 1-celled, many-ovuled, with 2 (-3) styles. Capsule usually globular or ovoid, dehiscing to base by 4 (-6) valves. Seeds reniform-auriculate.



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