CARYOPHYLLACEAE - Pink Family

Herbs with swollen nodes

Leaves opposite, connected at base with transverse line, simple, entire, usually narrow

Flowers bisexual, actinomorphic in cymes or solitary



Placentation free central

Fruit a dry capsule opening by valves or teeth

Seed with embryo curved around perisperm

75 genera, 2000 species

Economic importance - ornamentals, weeds, carnation

Diagnostic characteristics - swollen nodes, opposite leaves with transverse line

Do not produce betalains

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