Silene species

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Scientific Name Silene gallica USDA PLANTS Symbol
SIGA
Common Name Windmill Catchfly ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
20067
Family Caryophyllaceae (Pink) SEINet Reference
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Description Erect to reclining annual 4-16 inches, sticky/hairy; oblanceolate leaves 1 to 1-1/2 inch long; small pink/white flowers less than 1/2 inch across, 5 petals, calyx tube below petals about 1/4 inch long with purplish stripes. Introduced from Europe (gallica ~ "French"). Texas Status
Introduced
Scientific Name Silene laciniata USDA PLANTS Symbol
SILA2
Common Name Cardinal Catchfly ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
20076
Family Caryophyllaceae (Pink) SEINet Reference
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Description Habitat: Along trails in forested areas at higher altitudes (>4000 ft.) in Big Bend and west to NM, AZ and CA.
Plant: Perennial with one or more slender straggling to erect stems; generally about 1 ft. tall, but may be taller.
Leaves: Stem leaves lanceolate to ovate, sessile, 1 to 2-1/3 inches long; with small hairs on both surfaces.
Inflorescence: Bright red tubular flowers, each about 1-1/2 inches across; green calyx (tube) about 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 inches long; 5 petals deeply incised into 4 pointed segments.
References: Descr. adapted from SEINet and "Northern Chihuahaun Desert Wildflowers" by Steve West.
Texas Status
Native

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