The Caryophyllaceae Family was named and described by Antoine Laurent de Jussieu in Genera Plantarum in 1789.
Plants of the World Online lists 97 genera (as of 4-8-20 when I am updating this page). The number of genera and species changes periodically as updates are made.
The family consists of herbaceous perennials and annuals, shrubs and small trees.
I am continually working on this website adding new pages with photos and descriptions of plants I have observed on my farm in Windsor, Missouri (USA). The farm is located Pettis County (Henry is across the road and Benton and Johnson Counties aren’t far away). Pettis County is in the east-central part of the state.