Silene species

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Scientific Name Silene drummondii ssp. striata USDA PLANTS Symbol SIDRS
Common Name Drummond's Campion, Drummond's Catchfly ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 823655
Family Caryophyllaceae (Pink) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Montane to alpine (6500 to 13000 ft.); 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, 1-1/4 to 4 inches long; stem leaves opposite, linear to lanceolate, 1-1/4 to 3-1/2 inches long; all hairy and sticky.
Inflorescence: Cyme of 1 to up to 20 blossoms, 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.
Bloom Period: July and August.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, Flora of North America and www.americansouthwest.net
BONAP Distribution Map

Colorado Status:
Native
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 styles contained within the calyx; pistillate flowers with 3 or 4 white styles protruding beyond the base of the petals and stamens contained within the calyx; hairy, sticky calyx tube below petals with 10 obscure veins and 5 lobes.
Bloom Period: June and July
References: E-Flora BC, SEINet, iNaturalist and "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield.
BONAP Distribution Map

Colorado Status:
Native

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