Dianthus armeria L.

Deptford Pink

Sp. Pl. 410 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Annual or biennial; shortly hairy, at least above. Stems erect, simple or branched, 30–60 cm high. Leaves sessile, sheathing, basal ones rosulate, linear-oblanceolate to linear, 25–65 mm long, 1–3 mm wide, acute, keeled, pubescent, margins smooth. Inflorescence 2–10-flowered; bracts herbaceous, acuminate, equalling flower-clusters; pedicels 3–5 mm long; epicalyx scales 2, lanceolate-subulate, hairy, more or less equalling calyx; calyx cylindric, 13–20 mm long, 2–3 mm wide, strongly ribbed, woolly, calyx-lobes 5, lanceolate-acuminate; petals 17–25 mm long, limb spreading, spathulate, 4–5 mm long, serrate, rose-red, pale-dotted; styles 2. Capsule more or less cylindric, shorter than or equalling calyx, c. 6 mm long; seeds black, bluntly tuberculate, 2.0 mm long, 1.5 mm wide. Flowers summer.

*HNF, *HSF, *NIS, *VAlp, *VVP. Also NSW, Tas. Native to Europe, south-western Asia. Scattered in the north-east (Bogong High Plains, Omeo, Glen Valley areas), with older collections from Erica and Melbourne suburbs. Mostly on disturbed ground (e.g. track margins, dam walls etc.) in at least seasonally damp sites.

Probably orginated from garden-grown plants.

Source: Adams, L.G. (1996). Caryophyllaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2020-10-09
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Caryophyllanae
genus Dianthus
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Dianthus armeria in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Dianthus armeria in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present cultivated
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised
Victorian Alps present introduced

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South Australia
New South Wales