Silene species

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Scientific Name Silene drummondii ssp. striata USDA PLANTS Symbol
Common Name Drummond's Campion, Drummond's Catchfly ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
Family Caryophyllaceae (Pink)
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Description Life zones and habitat: Montane to alpine. Open, dry hillsides, meadows, rocky areas.
Plant: Erect perennial, one to several stems 10 to 20 inches tall; very sticky stems.
Leaves: Basal leaves lanceolate to elliptic or oblanceolate and petiolate, up to 4 inches long; stem leaves opposite, linear to lanceolate, 1-1/4 to 3-1/2 inches long; all hairy and sticky.
Inflorescence: Clusters of a few to up to 20 blossom, each consisting of a hairy, sticky calyx tube with 10 dark purple veins and 5 white or pinkish-white petals about half as long as the calyx tube, each petal notched at the tip.
References: Descr. adapted from and
Colorado Status
Scientific Name Silene menziesii USDA PLANTS Symbol
Common Name Menzies' Campion, White Catchfly ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
Family Caryophyllaceae (Pink) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Montane. Open woodlands, shady areas, gravelly places, river banks.
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: Flowers in leaf axils or at stem ends; white dioecious blossoms with 5 petals divided into two rounded lobes; hairy, sticky calyx tube below petals with 10 veins and 5 lobes.
References: Descr. adapted from Burke Museum of Natural History, SEINet, and "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield.
Colorado Status

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