from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A family of dicotyledonous archichlamydeous plants of the order Chenopodiales, the pink family, for which the genus Silene is taken as the type. It is the Caryophyllaceæ of Reichenbach and most botanists, for which it is now substituted, Caryophyllaceæ being especially inappropriate because the genus Caryophyllus, from which the name was formed, does not belong to the family Silenaceæ.


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