(Menzies' Campion)

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Staminate flower, Silene menziesii, Sylvan Lake Road, Eagle Co. 6622

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Pistillate flower, Silene menziesii, Sylvan Lake Road, Eagle Co. 6627

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Silene menziesii, Sylvan Lake Road, Eagle Co. 6634

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Silene menziesii, Sylvan Lake Road, Eagle Co. 6631

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Silene menziesii, Sylvan Lake Road, Eagle Co. 6625

Scientific Name Silene menziesii USDA PLANTS Symbol SIME
Common Name Menzies' Campion, White Catchfly ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 20083
Family Caryophyllaceae (Pink) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Montane and subalpine (6500 to 11000 ft.); gravelly soils in open woodlands, shady areas, and streambanks.
Plant: Perennial, reclining to erect, simple or branched, leafy, 2 to 12 inches tall.
Leaves: Opposite, sessile or short-petiolate; blade usually oblanceolate to elliptic-lanceolate, 3/4 to 2-1/2 inches long; small hairs along edges.
Inflorescence: Cyme or single flowers in leaf axils or at stem ends; white dioecious blossoms with 5 flared petals divided into two rounded lobes; staminate flowers with stamens that just reach the base of the petals and reduced styles contained within the calyx; pistillate flowers with 3 or 4 white styles protruding beyond the base of the petals and reduced stamens contained within the calyx; hairy, sticky calyx tube below petals with 10 obscure veins and 5 lobes.
Bloom Period: June and July
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, iNaturalist, E-Flora BC and SEINet.
BONAP Distribution Map

Colorado Status:
Native

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