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Family Icon Family: Caryophyllaceae
Area Icon Area: Albania
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Categories: Root

Sapunaria officinalis

Soapwort

Saponaria officinalis is a common perennial plant from the carnation family (Caryophyllaceae) The plant possesses leafy, unbranched stems (often tinged with red). It grows in patches, attaining a height of 70 cm. The broad, lanceolatesessile leaves are opposite and between 4 and 12 cm long. Its sweetly scented flowers are radially symmetrical and pink, or sometimes white. Each of the five flat petals have two small scales in the throat of the corolla. They are about 2.5 cm wide. They are arranged in dense, terminal clusters on the main stem and its branches. The long tubular calyx has five pointed red teeth.

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