2490.000 Silene - 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.
Other sources of information about Silene:Flora of Zimbabwe
: cultivated Silene pageFlora of Mozambique
(electronic Plant Information Center): SileneFlora Zambesiaca
web site: SileneGoogle
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for SileneIPNI
(International Plant Names Index): SileneKew Herbarium catalogue
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten and Petra Ballings, 2002-13
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T. & Ballings, P.
. Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Silene.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=573, retrieved 19 May 2013