Sp. Pl. 1: 332. 1753


Gen. Pl. ed. 5, 155. 1754

Etymology: For Cristóbal Velez, ca. 1710–1753, a friend of the botanist Pehr Loefling
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 5. Treatment on page 166. Mentioned on page 4, 6.
Herbs, annual. Taproots slender. Stems simple or branched, terete. Leaves connate proximally by line of tissue or sheath, sessile; blade 3-veined, linear to subulate, apex acute. Inflorescences axillary, flowers generally solitary; bracts foliaceous; involucel bracteoles absent. Pedicels erect. Flowers: sepals 11–15 mm; tube green, 15-veined, narrowly cylindric, terete, commissures between sepals absent, lobes green or reddish, 3-veined proximally, lanceolate-acuminate, shorter than tube, margins silvery, scarious, apex acute; petals 5, pink or purple, clawed, auricles absent, corona of 6–8, linear to lanceolate segments, blade apex entire or notched; nectaries at filament bases; stamens 5; filaments distinct; staminodes absent; ovary 1-locular; styles 2, 9–10 mm, glabrous proximally; stigmas 2, linear along adaxial surface of styles, papillate (30×). Capsules narrowly cylindric, opening by 4 ascending teeth; carpophore present. Seeds 6–8, black, ovate-oblong, dorsiventrally compressed, finely papillate, marginal wing absent, appendage absent; embryo central, straight. x = 14.


Europe (Mediterranean region), sw, c Asia.


Species 6 (1 in the flora).

Selected References


Lower Taxa

Facts about "Velezia"
AuthorRonald L. Hartman + and Richard K. Rabeler +
AuthorityLinnaeus +
DistributionEurope (Mediterranean region) +, sw + and c Asia. +
EtymologyFor Cristóbal Velez, ca. 1710–1753, a friend of the botanist Pehr Loefling +
Illustration copyrightFlora of North America Association +
IllustratorBarbara Alongi +
Introducedtrue +
Publication titleSp. Pl. + and Gen. Pl. ed. +
Publication year1753 + and 1754 +
ReferenceNone +
Source xml grained fna xml/V5/V5 339.xml +
SynonymsCaryophyllaceae subfam. Silenoideae +
Taxon familyCaryophyllaceae +
Taxon nameVelezia +
Taxon parentCaryophyllaceae subfam. Caryophylloideae +
Taxon rankgenus +
VolumeVolume 5 +