Gypsophila L., Sp. Pl. 1: 406. 1753 sec. Bittrich (1993c)



Gypsophila includes about 150 species and is especially diverse in the eastern Mediterranean and southwestern Asia. Most of the infrageneric classification is derived from Barkoudah’s (1962) monograph of Gypsophila and three related genera. Greenberg & Donoghue (2011) included 24 species in their analysis and found Gypsophila to be polyphyletic, with most species forming a clade sister to Saponaria and four species resolving close to Dianthus/Petrorhagia; one of these species, G. muralis L., is here treated as Psammophiliella. Pirani & al. (2014) found G. cerastioides D.Don nested within Acanthophyllum. Recognition of Bolbosaponaria seems likely; while Greenberg & Donoghue (2011) found B. bucharica (B. Fedtsch.) Bondarenko clustered with two other species of Gypsophila, Pirani & al. (2014) found it to be a sister taxon to Diaphonoptera afghanica Podl.