The plants of the Pink Family are herbs with swollen stem joints and simple, opposite leaves. The petals and sepals are usually 5 each. The stamens are either the number of the sepals or twice as many. The ovary is superior and the fruit is a capsule. (Dale 92).
Many of the members of this family including the familiar Carnation are cultivated in gardens. (Dale 92).
About 1500 species in 75 genera, most abundant in temperate and cooler regions; many grown for their flowers. (Munz, Flora So. Calif. 334).