2490.000 Silene L. - Catchflies

Description of the genus

Herbs or shrublets. Stipules 0. Leaves opposite. Sepals united to form a tubular or dilated calyx which is 5-toothed with 10 principal veins. Flowers unisexual or bisexual. Petals 5, with a long narrow claw and a dilated, 2-fid or simple lamina, often with scales at the base of the lamina. Stamens 10. Styles 3 (in ours). Capsule many-seeded, opening from the apex by 3 or 6 teeth or valves. Seeds numerous.

Derivation of name: From the Greek word, saliva, referring to the stickiness of the stems and calyx in some species

Worldwide: c.700 spp, northern hemisphere, especially the Balkan Peninsula and SW Asia.

Zimbabwe: 4 taxa.

Silene burchellii var. angustifolia

Links to taxa:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesLinks to mapsFZ divisionsContent
armeria L.E
burchellii Otth ex DC. var. angustifolia Sond.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
gallica L.C,E
undulata AitonC,E,SDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Silene:

Our websites:

Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Silene
Flora of Mozambique: Silene
Flora of Zambia: Silene

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Silene
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Silene
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Silene
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Silene
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Silene

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Silene.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=573, retrieved 22 July 2014

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