Scientific Name:
Petrorhagia prolifera (L.) P.W.Ball & Heywood (1964)
  • Dianthus prolifer L., Sp. Pl. 410 (1753)
  • Tunica prolifera (L.) Scop. (1772)
  • Kohlrauschia prolifera (L.) Kunth (1838)
Vernacular Name(s):
Proliferous pink

Annual or biennial. Stems erect, glabrous or with short eglandular hairs, (5)–10–40–(50) cm tall. Basal lvs tufted, linear-oblanceolate, subacute, 20–50 × 1–4 mm; margins scabrid; base sheathing; sheaths 1–(2)× as long as broad. Cauline lvs erect, linear, acute, glabrous or scabrid on margins; uppermost pairs becoming mucronate, scarious. Fls (1)–3–6, enclosed in an epicalyx of papery scarious mucronate to obtuse scales. Pedicels 2–3 mm long. Calyx 9–12 mm long; teeth short, obtuse. Petals pink to purple, clawed, retuse to shallowly emarginate. Capsule < calyx. Seeds ovoid, flattened, black, finely and closely ridged, 1.3–1.7 mm long.

[From: Webb et al. (1988) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 4.]


Flowering: Dec.–Feb.–(May); Fruiting: Dec.–Mar.–(Jun.)