Dianthus sylvestris (NL: Bosanjer / EN: Wood Pink, Woodland Pink / DE: Gewöhnliche Stein-Nelke, Wild-Nelke / FR: Œillet des rochers, Œillet sauvage, Pipolet) is a perennial in the Caryophyllaceae family. It reaches heights of 10 to 30 cm. The flowers are red to purple and are 20 to 25 mm. long (four times longer than the calyx scales). The bare plate of the petals is 10 to 12 mm long and without markings. It flowers June-August
in rocky mountainous areas anywhere inside 1000 to 2800m altitude range. Contrary to what colourful appearance may suggest, this flower generates little or no smell at all. The species is described as "gynomonoecious-gynodioecious". Gynodioecious mating systems are characterized by the coexistence of female and hermaphrodite individuals (Darwin, 1877). In populations of Dianthus sylvestris three distinct phenotypes may be found: female and hermaphrodite pure-sexed plants bearing either only pistillate or perfect flowers, respectively (gynomonoecious), and mixed plants bearing both types of flowers (gynodioecious). The specimen in the image only bears pistils ... a pure female plant.
Image: Passo di Limo (IT) - 08/07/2011
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