Lepyrodiclis Fenzl

Lepyrodiclis is a genus of three Central and West Asian species (Cullen 1967). At least one, Lepyrodiclis holosteoides, is a noxious weed of cereal crops (in its area of origin as well as in its secondary area, for instance in North America; see Rabeler 2005).

Recent molecular data demonstrated that, when all species of Stellaria are considered, the latter genus is non-monophyletic and forms a grade subtending Cerastium, a few species of Arenaria and the smaller genera Pseudostellaria, Holosteum, Moenchia, Myosoton, Plettkea and also Lepyrodiclis (Greenberg & Donoghue 2011). Pending additional studies, Lepyrodiclis is here still accepted in its traditional sense.


Cullen J. (1967) Lepyrodiclis Fenzl. In: Davis P.H. (ed.), Flora of Turkey and the East Aegean Islands 2: 67-68. Edinburgh, University Press.

Greenberg A.K. & Donoghue M.J. (2011) Molecular systematics and character evolution in Caryophyllaceae. Taxon 60(6): 1637-1652. [available online at: http://donoghuelab.yale.edu/sites/alienplantsbelgium.bedefault/files/208_greenberg_taxon11_0.pdf]

Rabeler R.K. (2005) Lepyrodiclis. In: Flora of North America Editorial Committee (eds.), Flora of North America, vol. 5. Oxford University Press, New York-Oxford: 72-73.

Wagenitz G. (1957) Zur Gattung Lepyrodiclis Fenzl (Caryophyllaceae). Ann. Naturhist. Mus. Wien 61: 74-77.

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