Velezia, Sp. Pl. 1: 332. 1753 sec. Bittrich (1993c)
Six species occurring from the Mediterranean east to Afghanistan. May be included in Dianthus; Harbaugh & al. (2010) and Greenberg & Donoghue (2011) both found V. rigida nested in Dianthus, while Pirani & al. (2014) showed Velezia as a sister to Dianthus.