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Dianthus is a genus of about 300 species of flowering plants in the family Caryophyllaceae, native mainly to Europe and Asia, with a few species extending south to north Africa, and one species (D. repens) in arctic North America. Common names include carnation (D. caryophyllus), pink (D. plumarius and related species) and sweet william (D. barbatus). The name Dianthus is from the Greek words dios ("god") and anthos ("flower"), and was cited by the Greek botanist Theophrastus.
The species are mostly perennial herbs, a few are annual or biennial, and some are low subshrubs with woody basal stems. The leaves are opposite, simple, mostly linear and often strongly glaucous grey-green to blue-green. The flowers have five petals, typically with a frilled margin, and are (in almost all species) pale to dark pink. One species (D. knappii) has yellow flowers with a purple centre.
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Plant in Armenia
Մեխակ քուռի (“Mekhak kuri”)
Very rare species. Natural habitat in Armenia is rapidly decreasing.
Habitat in Armenia
Can be in Ararat Marz only.
Habitat and ecology
Grows in dry sandy beaches and meadows.
Biology and potential value
High decorative plant. Has huge scientific value.
Measures of protection
Control over the population should be established. Should be included in the Botanical Park of Yerevan.