CARTHUSIAN PINK

Dianthus carthusianorum

Carnation & Campion (Pink) Family [Caryophyllaceae]

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status
statusZalien
 
flower
flower8pink
 
inner
inner8azure
 
morph
morph8actino
 
petals
petalsZ5
 
type
typeZclustered
 
type
typeZfringed
 
stem
stem8round
 
smell
smell8spicey
spicey
sex
sexZbisexual
 

9th Aug 2012, unknown place Photo: © Bastiaan Brak
A stiff plant which stands erect up to 50cm high.


9th Aug 2012, unknown place Photo: © Bastiaan Brak
The flowers are in dense heads all at the summit of a sturdy, smooth, hairless green stem.


9th Aug 2012, unknown place Photo: © Bastiaan Brak
The flowers have 5 pink radial petals.


9th Aug 2012, unknown place Photo: © Bastiaan Brak
The petals can also be closer together and nearly flat at the end (rather than roughly diamon-shaped). They have many notches at their extremities. In the bottom left corner is the stem with short, narrow(ish) green leaves along the stem.


9th Aug 2012, unknown place Photo: © Bastiaan Brak
The notches are irregular. A bluish stigma (there should be 2 for Pinks) is hiding just inside the deep throat at the centre. Around it are several long filaments with T-bar bluish anthers.


9th Aug 2012, unknown place Photo: © Bastiaan Brak
The white filaments with their T-bar anthers atop.


9th Aug 2012, unknown place Photo: © Bastiaan Brak
The petals do not fuse together into a tube, but keep separate all the way down.


9th Aug 2012, unknown place Photo: © Bastiaan Brak
Two long narrow and tapering bracteoles (there may be more than 2?) near the base of the calyx. The (brownish here) toothed calyx surrounding the long flower tube also has an epicalyx (here also brownish) lower down and surrounding it.


9th Aug 2012, unknown place Photo: © Bastiaan Brak
Another tight flower cluster. Only one left with the flower sticking out.


9th Aug 2012, unknown place Photo: © Bastiaan Brak
The T-bar anthers.


9th Aug 2012, unknown place Photo: © Bastiaan Brak
The epicalyx has shorter teeth (shaped like fountain-pen nibs) at the base of each flower. Further up the flower tube is a long 5-toothed and ribbed calyx.


Easily mis-identified as : other Pinks.

Related to : Childing Pink (Petrorhagia nanteuilii), Proliferous Pink (Petrorhagia prolifera) and Tunic-flower (Petrorhagia saxifraga).

No relation to : Pink Woodruff (Asperula taurina), Pink Purslane (Claytonia sibirica), Pink Hawk's-beard (Crepis rubra), Pink-Sorrel (Oxalis articulata), Pinkweed (Persicaria pensylvanica), Pink Stonecrop (Sedum cepaea), Pink Snowberry (Symphoricarpos x chenaultii) or Pink Water-Speedwell (Veronica catenata) [plants with similar names belonging to differing families].

The part of the common name which is 'carthusian' should not be confused with 'cathartic'.


  Dianthus carthusianorum  ⇐ Global Aspect ⇒ Caryophyllaceae  

Distribution
 family8Carnation & Campion (Pink) family8Caryophyllaceae
 BSBI maps
genus8Dianthus
Dianthus
(Pinks)

CARTHUSIAN PINK

Dianthus carthusianorum

Carnation & Campion (Pink) Family [Caryophyllaceae]