Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Annual, glabrous and glaucous herbs. Leaves opposite; stipules absent; bracts herbaceous. Flowers solitary or in few-flowered dichasia, usually 5-merous, bisexual; sepals 4 or 5, free; petals entire; stamens 8 (rarely 10) or 4 (rarely 5); ovary 1-celled, with many ovules, styles 4(–5). Capsule oblong, straight, opening by as many or twice as many teeth as styles; seeds numerous, discoid to angular-nautiloid, tuberculate.

6 species indigenous to Europe and the Mediterranean; 1 species naturalised in Australia.

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.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Caryophyllanae
Higher taxa
genus Moenchia
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