Dianthus strictus subsp. troodi (Post) B.F.Osoriol & Seraphim ex Greuter & Burdet, 1977
Common names: Troodos pink [En], Δίανθος ο άκαμπτος, Δίανθος του Τροόδους [Gr], Yabanı Karanfil [Tu]
Selvili Tepe, Lapithos (Lapta, Λάπηθος), Kyrenia (Girne, Κερύνεια) ● Cyprus
Description: Slender, hairless perennial to 50 cm (up to 80 cm). The stem is woody at the base, with short sterile shoots withering early. The flowering stem is branching above, bearing widely-spaced pairs of 3-veined leaves; the lower pairs broader, the upper very narrow.
The flowers are single or paired, 1.2 to 2.2 diameter, with 2-4 pairs of bracts at the base of the true calyx – a tube of 5 fused sepals about 1.5 cm long, swollen below. The petals are pink, often net-veined and spotted in red, with a coarsely toothed margin and a buff or greenish area in the centre, sometimes marked off with a red line.
Several subspecies of i>Dianthus strictus are listed:
• D. s. subsp. multipunctatus – Turkey, Middle East
• D. s. subsp. strictus – Turkey, Middle East, Iran
• D. s. subsp. sublaevis – Middle East, Arabic peninsula
• D. s. subsp. troodi – endemic to Cyprus
• D. s. subsp. velutinus – Middle East.
Biology: Flowering from May to October.
Habitat: Road sides, rocky areas, fallow lands, up to 1850 m.
Distribution: Endemic to Cyprus, occurs in all parts.
Viney D.E., 1994 An illustrated Flora of North Cyprus, Koeltz Scientif Books, Koenigstein, Germany.