L., Sp. Pl. 417 (1753).
Synonymy: S. anglica L., Sp. Pl. 416 (1753).
Common name: French catchfly.
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.
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
Two varieties have been recorded in S.Aust.
Key to Infraspecific taxa:
Not yet available