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Electronic Flora of South Australia species Fact Sheet

Silene gallica

Citation: L., Sp. Pl. 417 (1753).

Synonymy: S. anglica L., Sp. Pl. 416 (1753).

Common name: French catchfly.

Description:
Annual, stems to c. 75 cm high, erect, branched, covered with glandular often very sticky hairs; lower leaves c. 5 cm long, c. 1.5 cm wide, hispid to pilose, oblong-spathulate tapering gradually towards the petiole, the upper lanceolate.

Flowers erect, in raceme-like more or less 1-sided cymes; bracts herbaceous, much longer than the short pedicels.

Fruiting calyx c. 10 mm long, cylindrical, ovoid to broad-ellipsoid, contracted at the summit, 10-nerved, hispid, with linear-triangular teeth; petals entire or notched, pink or white with or without a basal red blotch; styles 3; capsules 6-9 mm long, ovoid, with a very short carpophore; seeds c. 0.8 mm long, dark-brown.

Conservation status: naturalised

Flowering time: No flowering time is available


SA Distribution Map based
on current data relating to
specimens held in the
State Herbarium of South Australia

Biology: No text

Taxonomic notes: Two varieties have been recorded in S.Aust.

Key to Infraspecific taxa:
1. Petals without a red basal blotch
var. gallica 5a.
1. Petals with a red basal blotch
var. quinquevulnera 5b.

Author: Not yet available


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