Anatolian Pink
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Anatolian Pink
ative Photo: Krishan Lal
Common name: Anatolian Pink
Botanical name: Dianthus anatolicus    Family: Caryophyllaceae (Carnation family)
Synonyms: Dianthus parviflorus, Dianthus kotschyanus

Anatolian Pink is a slender, densely tufted perennial herb, with many ascending stem 15-25 cm long, bearing one or more flowers, abount 1 cm across, at the top. Petals are broad, toothed, smooth above. Sepal cup is narrow cylindrical 1-2 cm long. Bracts are usually 6, broad and with a toothlike tip. Leaves are linear 1-2 cm, stiff with a thick mid-vein. Anatolian Pink is found in the Himalayas, from Pakistan to Kashmir and W. Asia, at altitudes of 1800-4500 m. Flowering: July-August.

Identification credit: Krishan Lal Photographed in Lahaul-Spiti, Himachal Pradesh.

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