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This genus is accepted, and its native range is Temp. Eurasia, Canary Islands to N. Africa, NE. Tropical Africa to Tanzania.

[FSOM]

M. Thulin et al. Flora of Somalia, Vol. 1-4 [updated 2008] https://plants.jstor.org/collection/FLOS

Morphology General Habit
Herbs or small subshrubs
Morphology Leaves
Leaves opposite, mostly linear to needle-like, without stipules
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Flowers in dichasial cymes, usually 5-merous
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals free, often prominently 3-veined
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals present or not, entire or nearly so, white or pink
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens up to 10
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Styles usually 3, free
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule opening by as many valves as there are styles
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds reniform, several to many.
Distribution
About 70 species ± throughout the north temperate zone, mostly in Europe and W Asia, three species in Arabia and eastern Africa plus one species in S Chile.

[FTEA]

Caryophyllaceae, W. B. Turrill. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1956

Morphology General Habit
Annual or perennial herbs or even subshrubs, with simple or branched stems
Morphology Leaves
Leaves very variable in shape and texture, often acicular, subulate, or setaceous and three- (up to seven-) nerved, exstipulate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals free, 5 (rarely 4), spreading at anthesis
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals 5 (rarely 4), or absent, when present generally quite entire or rarely emarginate, contracted to base into a very short claw
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens typically 10 but sometimes reduced in number, provided with glands at the base of the filaments
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary superior, rarely semi-inferior at anthesis, unilocular; styles usually 3
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule with the same number of valves as styles were present in the gynoecium, that is usually 3.

Native to:

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Austria, Belarus, Bulgaria, Canary Is., Corse, Cyprus, Czechoslovakia, East Aegean Is., East European Russia, Eritrea, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, Kriti, Krym, Lebanon-Syria, Libya, Magadan, Morocco, North Caucasus, North European Russi, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Sicilia, Sinai, Somalia, South European Russi, Spain, Sudan, Switzerland, Tadzhikistan, Tanzania, Transcaucasus, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkey-in-Europe, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, West Himalaya, Yemen, Yugoslavia

Minuartia Loefl. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in C.Linnaeus, Sp. Pl.: 89 (1753)

Literature

Flora of Somalia

  • Flora Somalia, Vol 1, (1993) Author: by M. G. Gilbert [updated by M. Thulin 2008]
  • McNeill in Notes R. B. G. Edinburgh 24: 135 (1962).
  • Mattfeld in Fed. Rep. Beih. 15: 93 (1922)

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Hiern in J.B. 37: 320 (1899)
  • L., Gen. Pl., ed. 5, 39 (1754)
  • Sp. Pl. 89 (1753)

Flora of Somalia
Flora of Somalia
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Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Kew Backbone Distributions
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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