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Published In: Species Plantarum 2: 649. 1753. (1 May 1753) (Sp. Pl.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

Project Name Data (Last Modified On 6/2/2011)
Acceptance : Accepted
Project Data     (Last Modified On 6/3/2011)
Flower/Fruit: F1.Per.: Feb.-April.
Type: Type: Described from Europe, Switzerland.
Distribution: Distribution: A native of W.Europe, widely introduced and cultivated almost all over the world as an ornamental.
Comment/Acknowledgements: Candytuft is a common ornamental plant in our gardens.
Map Location: C-7 Rawalpindi, cultivated, M.Nath 15 (RAW, KUH); G-4 Karachi, cult. in garden, fls. white, Jafri s.n.(HJ).


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Annual, erect, 10-30 (-40) cm tall, branched, ± hairy below and glabrous above. Leaves simple, scattered, lower spathulate, upper lanceolate or oblong¬cuneate, ± sparsely dentate towards the apex. Flowers c. 1 cm across, white or pale violet; pedicel filiform, spreading or ascending, usually c. 1 cm long. Petals prominently unequal, outer 2 nearly twice as long as sepals, 5-8 (-10) mm long, obovate-oblong, cuneate below. Siliculae c. 5 (-7) mm in diam., suborbicular, apex deeply notched; wings slightly broadening upwards; style as long as or slightly exceeding the apical notch; valves reticulately veined; seed c. 3 mm long, broadly ovate, slightly winged below, reddish-brown.
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