Caryophyllaceae (weeds)

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Stellaria media (click on image to enlarge it)
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Caryophyllaceae (weeds) - (pink family)

This family contains more than 2,000 species of mostly herbaceous plants. It includes ornamentals like carnations or pinks but also important weeds like chickweed, Stellaria media or corn spurry, Spergula arvensis.

The family is characterized, among others, by the shape of the flowers which have 5 petals, 5 sepals and usually 5 or 10 stamens. The petals may be entire, fringed or with a deep cleft (see illustration at the right).

For details see the respective page in Wikipedia.


The following genera and individual species are currently entered under this family: