Gypsophila paniculata

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Gypsophila paniculata

Description

Perennial, usually glabrous, glaucous herb with stout, deep root-system. Leaves narrowly elliptic, acute or acuminate, 20-70 by 3-20 mm. Inflorescence a richly branched panicle with numerous small flowers; Petals white or pink, 3-4 mm, linear-spathulate, at last reflexed. Capsule ± spherical, about as long as the calyx. Seeds light brown with obtuse tubercles, 0.3-0.4 mm.

Distribution

Asia-Tropical: Jawa (Jawa cultivated), East and Central Europe present, West Asia present
East and Central Europe, West Asia. Widely cultivated as ornamental. In Malesia grown in Java.

Notes

There are numerous cultivars, some with double flowers. A hybrid G. paniculata repens is often also grown as ‘Rosenschleier’.

Citation

Lu Dequan 1996: p. 442. – In: Fl. Reip. Pop. Sin. f. 115: 1-6