Himalayan Pinks
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Himalayan Pinks
ative Photo: Suresh Rana
Common name: Himalayan Pinks
Botanical name: Dianthus angulatus    Family: Caryophyllaceae (Carnation family)
Synonyms: Dianthus orientalis var. angulatus, Dianthus incertus

Himalayan Pinks is a perennial herb, with short woody stock. It is the Himalayan cousin of the more familiar China Pinks commonly grown as garden flowers. Stems are 15-20 cm, slender erect, many arising from the base, simple, hairless. Leaves are mostly congested basally, a few distant ones on the flowering shoots. Basal and stem leaves are similar, 1-3 cm long, 1 mm wide, narrowly linear, rough on margins and surfaces or the surfaces hairless. Margin is toothed, tip pointed, almost spiny. Flowers are solitary, borne at the top. Bracteoles are 4-6, broadly ovate, acute to mucronate, with a hyaline, ciliate margin. Calyx 1.5-1.7 cm, teeth about 3 mm, triangular, pointed. Petals are white or reddish, frilly, limb about 4 mm, exserted. Himalayan Pinks is found in W. Himalaya, from Kashmir to Kumoan.

Identification credit: Suresh Rana
Photographed in Paddar Valley, Jammu & Kashmir.
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