DIANTHUS JUNIPERINUS subsp. ACIPHYLLUS
Common Names:- Wild carnation
Synonyms:- Dianthus aciphyllus
Meaning:- Dianthus (Gr) Zeus'-flower. a name used by the Greek philosopher
Juniperinus (L) Bluish-brown, juniper-like, (the colour of the berry).
Aciphyllus (L) Pointed-leaf.
General description:- Small shrub with woody stems.
Stems:- Flowering stems 11-30 cm.
1) Many, fleshy, narrow, parallel sided.
1) Inflorescence, with (1-)2-6 flowers not opening together.
2) Epicalyx scales, c. 1/3 as long as the calyx.
3) Calyx, 5-22 mm, teeth 4-6 mm.
4) Petal limb, 7-11 mm, pinkish-purple with darker stripes.
1) Capsule, splitting open to release the seeds (dehiscing) apically with 4 teeth;
carpophore often present.
2) Seeds numerous, concave on 1 side.
Habitat:- Calcareous rocks of the montane zone 800-1700 m.
Distribution:- Endemic east Crete. Rare.
Flowering time:- June-July
Photos by:- Steve Lenton
Conservation status (for threatened species): Vulnerable (V) according to IUCN
Protection status (for threatened species): Greek Presidential Decree 67/1981.