Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Annual to perennial, tufted or mat-forming herbs, glabrous, subglabrous or glandular-hairy. Leaves opposite; stipules absent; bracts scarious with broad, green midrib. Flowers in dichasia or solitary and terminal, usually 5-merous, bisexual; sepals 5, free; petals entire to slightly emarginate, sometimes absent; stamens 10; ovary 1-celled, with few to many ovules, styles 3, rarely more. Capsule ovoid or oblong, opening by as many teeth as styles; seeds 1–many, subdiscoid to nautiloid, tuberculate or minutely echinate, rarely smooth.

About 120 species, extending from Arctic regions to Mexico and Chile, north-east Africa, and Himalaya; 1 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 Minuartia
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