Adriatic Soapwort
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Adriatic Soapwort
A Introduced Photo: Tabish
Common name: Adriatic Soapwort, Calabrian soapwort
Botanical name: Saponaria calabrica    Family: Caryophyllaceae (Carnation family)
Synonyms: Saponaria graeca, Saponaria multiflora

Adriatic Soapwort is a branched annual herb forming loose mats. Flowers are pinwheel shaped, bright pink - petals are nearly round at tip, abruptly narrowed into a claw. Sepal-tube is 0.8-1.2 cm, cylindrical, with short blunt teeth. Flower-stalks and sepal-cup are glandular-bristly. Flowers are borne in lax panicules with erect to spreading flower-stalks. Stems have many diverging branches, hairless below, glandular-velvet-hairy above. Stem leaves are stalkless, oblong-lanceshaped, slightly fleshy. Capsules are ovoid, shorter than the sepal-tube. Adriatic Soapwort is native to SE Europe to E Aegean Islands, cultivated elsewhere.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Nishat Garden, Srinagar, Kashmir.

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